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The Sims 3: Writing Guide - Good Traits for Writers

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The Best Traits for a Writer in The Sims 3


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Here are some of the traits I feel best augment a writer in the Sims 3:

Loner: Writing the more difficult novels can take a long time. With the loner trait, your Sim won't feel the urge to socialize as often. They'll also enjoy solitude while alone, which grants a mood boost.

Bookworm: Bookworms write novels faster, the trait also makes your Sim desire to read books, which they'll do faster. This is an easy trait for some quick lifetime reward points. It should be a natural pick for an Author Sim. In addition to the previous, the number of books read will also help determine your Sim's likelihood of writing Hits and Best Sellers.

Perfectionist: Another rising star in my list of favorite traits. The Sim will take longer to write, but generally make better books. Since books provide income for six full weeks, it's nice for the books your author releases to be of higher quality. This should give them a little bump at the expense of some time, which should make it more likely for hits and best sellers to be written. Excellent for painting as well, making it a nice trait for Illustrious Authors.

Artistic: Provides a boost to the speed at which a Sim will learn the writing skill, but it's not very necessary for an author. Why? Once it's done boosting the speed the Sims learns the writing skill, it no longer really helps them. More useful for Illustrious Authors.

Couch Potato: An Author needs to spend a lot of time writing at the computer. Couch potatoes get a double bonus to the comfortable moodlet. This will help the writer's mood when they're stuck at the computer all day. Take those royalty checks and buy the most expensive, most comfortable desk chair to boost your author's mood and raise book quality.

Computer Whiz: As writers generally own computers, this trait goes well with that as it will give a fun boost when playing computer games.

Hates the Outdoors: With the hates the outdoors trait, your novelist will never go stir crazy from being indoors too long again.

Hopeless Romantic: Hopeless Romantics can write Romance novels at level 6, instead of level 10. This can be a huge perk. They also write better romance novels, which are already quite profitable. Romance novels are one of the few types of books that can even come close to masterpieces in royalty check profit.

A Sim with traits like these would be higly specialized as a writer. They would enjoy a boost to every aspect of the writing process. Later, completing challenges and spending lifetime reward points would make one very happy, wealthy Sim.

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MrsTragicClown says...
I eat Ambrosia before writing and it gives me +75 mood for seven days. I also use the Vial Of Bliss along with Potent invigorating Elixir. The Elixer's are so helpful as I can stay up and it takes longer for my fun bar to go down. You can also mix the Potent invigorating with bliss they stack:) And if I really want to over max on stats I will even visit the day spa :)
9th January 2013 4:20pm
G-Mon says...
I'd also recommend No Sense of Humor, especially if you're not planning to write Humor/Satire novels. Your Sim's Fun will decay about half as fast, allowing the mood boost from Entertained/Having a Blast that much longer.
27th January 2013 3:29pm
Ben says...
Actually, I could write romance novels at level 5 and I have the hopeless romantic trait.
29th August 2013 7:06pm
Mary says...
My legacy founder's husband was a work-at-home author. Since I don't have Seasons, I placed the computer and desk outside. He has the Loves The Outdoors trait, so it sure boosted his mood. XD
17th February 2014 9:03pm
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