Dave asked Mary Robinette Kowal:

What develops for you first - the characters, the plot or the setting?

Mary Robinette Kowal It completely depends on the story.

Sometimes it's character, sometimes setting. Almost never plot, since that revolves around who the characters are, but sometimes... yeah. Whatever it is though, is what I call the "gee whiz idea," which is the kernel that makes me want to write.

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