November -- and with it, NaNoWriMo --- might be drawing to a close, but fiction writers don't stop telling stories just because another page is torn from the calendar. And whatever the season, slapping sentences into a compelling narrative is never easy.
We've all heard the common axioms recited to writers everywhere: "Write everyday!" "Show, don't tell!" "Write about what you know!" Sometimes, though, it's a good idea to try something different to get the creative juices flowing in new directions.