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Old 04-17-2017, 07:26 PM
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I have the who, how, and when pretty much done with my story, but i realized i never thought of the why for the big picture.
I'm making a....sort of end of the world story, not many humans are left, enough to construct a city but , if there are anymore they would be few and far between.

I have it where there is an alien race (organic/machine) that is trying to save the planet and...sort of jump start it back into producing life, humans are getting in the way and stopping them because at first they were ignorant, then they got greedy...they end up killing a lot of them over the years. But the alien race keeps trying to fix the planet...WHAT I DON'T KNOW is WHY?!
I stumped myself, I can think of reasons why someone would want to invade, or fight...but I can't think of a reason as to why they would want to save earth, and that's including humanity! cause if they wanted to, they could just wipe'em out somehow....but they are quite a..benevolent race.

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Old 04-17-2017, 08:04 PM
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There is a future they are aware of. A future where humanity and the planet play a roll. Like Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. Okay... maybe not like THAT.

Or... every life form is like part of God's body. The sick ones need to be fixed for the whole to work. Like spiritual surgery. 'Got a bad liver, eh? We'll operate!'

Dunno... that's all I got.
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That's something to think on, thank you for giving me a few more options, I just need a few more and maybe I got somethin I can mix together to make work c:
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Post the first three paragraphs to give us something to go on.
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I could be wrong, but in my reading of Cormac McCarthy's The Road the why as in why did things turn dystopian is handled very lightly.

It does make for a bit of a desultory effect but you don't necessarily need a why the end came - unless the why drives the plot. You sound like you are far enough along that you don't need the "Why" as a plot device.
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The aliens could have created life on earth and feel a parental responsibility for everything here.
The genetics of humans and some other species can be used as a cure for a disease many of the aliens are suffering.
Earth is a strategic location to help the aliens fight off another species.
The aliens are being killed by another species and want humans to help fight back, knowing that our species will be next.
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The WHY to your story is simple. Your aliens are addicted to our game shows and reality shows and of course, S'mores.

They can not replicate any of the above which bodes well for us.
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Interesting!
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