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The Chicken or the Egg?

Which came first?  Or, to equate that to writing terms, which comes first, your characters or the story?  That's a conundrum that's been bothering me a lot lately as I seem to have acquired several characters but no story to put them in!  Apparently there are only seven basic plots out there but what happens if your characters won't fit into any of them?   Are they just too stubborn or is it simply a lack of imagination on my part?  Only twice in my writing career have characters and story popped up together, out of the blue, and it is only those times that the book has really flowed, almost of its own accord.  Is that inspiration?  If so, what do you do when, as is the case most of the time, inspiration doesn't strike and writing is just a matter of sitting down, putting your fingers to the keyboard and working at it? So many questions and no answers!

Or are there? Writers' block is easy to recognize, even though it comes in many forms from procrastination to deni…