Do you prefer to begin from a plot idea, then build the character? Or do you prefer to begin with a character then come up with a plot? Let me explain: I have pondered this all week because my best friend recently became very enthusiastic over a new breakout novel she just discovered. The thing has so much praise all over the net that it's overwhelming, everyone loves it. The writer's from our state but I don't think that's part of it since the book is selling big nationally. Anyway, my friend keeps finding articles & interviews etc about this 'new sensation' writer everyone loves so much. I started thinking about why he's such a huge instant success and what does it take to bring out such positive reaction from so many readers. The first thing I thought was, "is it his plot or is it his characters they all fell in love with?" So then I began thinking about my own stories. And I concluded I'm primarily a plot-genesis writer. Now I'm wondering if starting with plot is a weaker method than starting with a character then building a plot organically from that character. I'm wondering if the character-genesis writing method is what adds that special intangible 'empathy/connection' that pulls the reader in and nails them in the heart. I think I dream up some very good plots, but I fear that isn't enough to really connect with a reader in an intimate way. Anyone want to offer thoughts or insight? Thanks in advance.