So, we're all familiar with the old adage, Write what you know. Whether you know it personally or you've experienced it through observation or empathy, it still has to be something that you cane imagine and identify with.
Other examples: I'm taking photographs with a Brownie Hawkeye b/c one of my latest characters has one.
I started collecting Virgin Mary figurines after my character started collecting them. I wonder if this is "normal"?
I know. I know. What's normal anyway?