I call myself a “method writer”
Maybe all writers are. In my case, I like my stories to reflect things I’ve actually done, people I’ve actually known, settings where I’ve actually lived.
My first published novel, Blue Rubber Pool, reflects a lot of first-hand experiences including career change, relocation, sailing, and shooting.
Blue Rubber Pool describes a transition to the South Carolina boonies that does not go well: “His type of guns is not for hunting, his type of boat is not for catching bass. He likes Zeppelin, not country. Nobody surfs. A neighbor’s cow keeps wandering near his stash. And somebody’s watching from the road…”
Very true. I still don’t own a deer rifle but I have this pistol caliber carbine in 9mm using MCK conversion kit. Sometimes I shoot a few rounds just to clear my head of writers block.