“Indeed, I don’t write as much to produce plot or illuminate concept as I write in order to follow the stories of certain characters who interest me deeply.” -- Kate Elliot in The Role of Character.
Most of my stories are about a character and what happens to change the person. I don't create a character to match a plot. I've tried this and found the stories to be less than satisfying. I start with the character and see where the person leads me. Sometimes I believe I know how a story will end when I start the first paragraph. I'm right about half the time -- maybe.