It’s February 29th, a day that comes once every four years.*
Leap day has some outdated folk traditions associated with it, mostly involving upsetting what was once the status quo. Examples of these traditions include women wearing pants, or proposing marriage. Since this is hardly radical these days, I think it’s time for a new Leap Day tradition.
Fellow writers, I propose that today is a great day to work on something outside your personal comfort zone. Look over your past work and see patterns and trends. What haven’t you done? Got any weaknesses as a writer?
Kill off a favorite character. Write that spicy sex scene. Use an unusual viewpoint or setting. Experiment! Try writing something that scares you because it touches on deep seated emotions. Then report back here. Did you learn anything?
*Except for years divisible by 100 unless those years are divisible by 400… None of which matters since it is unlikely that most of the people reading this will care when the year 2100 rolls around. But hey, we’re SF writers. Maybe there will be a new longevity serum or whatever, and you’ll want to know that there will be no leap day in 2100.