Magic is awesome, but with gaps in the system, it weakens the story. Learn the elements of writing a magic system and how to make it strengthen the story.
A short story is a perfect way to practice writing, quickly. While improving writing skills, you gain sweet victory in a collection of stories.
Who knows what the point of a leap year is? I'm sure that it's a day to create a new world! At the very least, a day for new ideas!
Write what you know and what you love! But be aware, that if you want to share your work, you need to know some things about your genre.
Depression is encountered by a lot of people. Creators may have a special relationship with it, and it doesn't have to be a bad thing.