Learning how to write fiction is a tricky business and one that really only learns by actually doing it, stumbling over words and sentences until something rises up out of the muck that might resemble a story, let alone a good story. Still trying to figure that out, but never giving up.
For me I can sit down and write something non-fictiony without much struggle, whether a review, essay, or a brief historical exploration. But coming up with a plot and characters is something that still eludes me. So, for better or worse, I'm returning back to taking a class or two at the local university to kickstart my fiction deficiency, starting in a couple weeks.
In the meantime I came across a great little article on tips from Faulker's writing life. Most are things we've all heard before, but others I haven't really considered, like "don't worry about style." I like that idea and as one less thing to worry about it works for me.