Today, one of the characters from my present work-in-progress picked up a nightstick. It seems he intends to keep it.
How do these things come about?
I am constantly mystified by what comes out in my writing. Granted, I give my characters free-rein to wander about in my head, but it is what they find there that astounds me. I have to wonder where such thoughts and ideas come from. I cannot trace them.
Perhaps my memory is at fault. Perhaps at some time a nightstick made an impression on my mind (hopefully not literally), but if so, I do not recall it. I must admit, I find this randomness, this subconscious aid, very refreshing. Too often, I have to battle with problems and questions to find the right in-story answers. It is grueling work. Sometimes I divert my mind to give my subconscious, and the characters wandering about in it, time to find the answers.
And then, sometimes a character picks up a nightstick and won’t put it down.
The question was not even on my radar. I had assumed him to be the sort to pick up whatever was handy. Apparently I was mistaken. I am glad to be mistaken, for this is far better than anything I could have thought up.
I assume that this kind of thing is common among writers. Have any of you experienced this sort of thing?