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Writing Skill

Can words move another Sim to cry? To laugh? To fall in love? Your Sim has begun the literary path, one that is not always the less traveled, but perhaps one in need of excellence. Will the next bestseller be penned by your Sim?

Once you have finished writing a book, a complimentary copy will be mailed to you. You can read it as you would any other book (no, you have not already read your own book). Also, your book will appear on the library’s shelves.

Royalties are paid out every Sunday at 12pm for six weeks.

If you zoom in on the green completion meter, you can see five black markers. You will receive a payment each time you reach one of those markers (one payment each for the first five 1/6s of your book). This payment does not reflect if your book will be a hit or a best-seller.

The roll for hit/best-seller is done when the book is completed, so you can reload your game for a best-seller at any point before the bar is complete.

Writing Speed

The following will slow your writing speed –

The following will increase your writing speed –

Writing Related Traits

Bookworm (Mental)
Bookworms have a passion for reading that surpasses their other desires. They also tend to become good writers. Artistic (Mental)
Artistic Sims are naturally gifted artists with a paint brush. They also make pretty good writers and musicians! Perfectionist (Lifestyle)
Perfectionists spend more time cooking, writing, or even painting, but what they eventually finish is noticably better than something created by other Sims. Perfectionists accept nothing shy of perfection.

Writing Related Lifetime Rewards

Writing Related Careers

Child Skill Gain

Writing Challenges

List of Writing Genres

An L3 Journalist can conduct interviews with Sims, rummage in their trash cans and eat or visit entertainment venues for free, afterward being able to write stories or reviews. These do not count as novels written, and will not improve writing skill.

SkillGenreAverage LengthExpected RoyaltiesBonus Traits
0:Computer Whiz
Science Fiction150§Computer Whiz, Genius
3 × Science Fiction novels writtenFantasy440§§§ 
3Drama305§§Commitment Issues
L4 Painting Skill
Children’s105§Artistic, Childish, Family-Oriented
2:Good Sense of Humor
Humor345§§Good Sense of Humor, Inappropriate, Mean Spirited
3 × Humor novels writtenSatire350§§§Grumpy, Hot-Headed, Over-Emotional
Elder Age
5:Hopeless Romantic
Romance675§§§§Hopeless Romantic
2 × novels written of each of the following genres:
Science Fiction, Drama, Humor, Mystery, Romance
25 × novels written of any genreMasterpiece2000§§§§§ 
Writing Skill OpportunityBiography?? 
3 × BiographyAutobiography400§§Charismatic, Unlucky, Daredevil, Insane, Kleptomaniac
L10 Career OpportunityLife Story?? 
L10 Politician OpportunityPolitical Memoir?? 
L3 Journalist – Freelance WriterArticle78§ 
L3 Law EnforcerReport?? 
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