Oo, interesting! I think option 2 for painting is the best. And I have some ideas (not that you have to use them) for the art of literature:
First, you need to craft a book. Then, get a feather and some black ink. Now you have all you need to create your first book. When you left-click on the book, a little page opens up. You can type text in, much like signs. Press the right arrow key to go to the next page. Press the left arrow key to go to the previous page. Each book randomly has 30-100 pages. When you finish typing your book, you could press the "finish book" button. Now your book is ready to put in a bookshelf! Left-click on the bookshelf to take a book. Bookshelves would be crafted the same way they already are, but they don't need 3 books. Example ( = book):
This bookshelf would have 2 books in it. When you destroy the bookshelf, you will get the books back.
Just some ideas!
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