My answer to the question I posed for fiction writers reading this: For me, characters always come before plots.
I’ve got very successful writer friends who see this a bit differently than I. But I always have some oddballed (usually) character pop into my head, either when I’m talking to someone or observing people in public, and I go from there. I general ask myself something like, “How would this guy react” or “What would this guy do” if … and then away I go.
With a lot of work and a bit of luck, my oddballed character(s) will lead me down the path to an interesting plot and worthwhile story.
I’ll ask again — how about you? What works for you when you’re writing a story or novel? Leave a comment and let us know.