What We're Doing When We Should Be Writing

Welcome back to a springtime edition of What We're Doing When We Should Be Writing, a Grub-approved procrastination aid. It's gorgeous here in Boston, so put a spring in your step with articles about turning vacant lots into bookish wonderlands for children, author-to-author fan letters, and more. Recharge your writing battery with these sunny web links, and be sure to come back next week for another healthy dose of the best the literary internet has to offer.


  • Instead of playing Angry Birds on your smartphone when you're on the go, catch up on some short fiction reads straight from your cellphone.


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  • New research from the University of Bristol, Sheffield, and Durham finds that the “use of words with emotional content in books has steadily decreased throughout the last century,” with American English being more “emotional” than British.


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  • Check out this previously unseen letter by Oscar Wilde on writing.


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