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The Sims 3: Writing Guide - Learn to Be a Great Writer

Write Books and Become a Master Author

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Writing a novel in a beautifully decorated room in the Sims 3

This Sims 3 Guide was originally written for the PC and Mac versions of the game, but also will help owners of the console versions - PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii. Please remember some info or numbers may have changed.

Learning the Writing Skill is a great way to make money in the Sims 3. You can expect a steady stream of Royalty checks later in your Sim's career. Writing is also the primary skill of the Journalism career track. The opportunities and wishes associated with Writing are very easy to complete, so it's a nice career to choose for stay-at-home Sims who need lifetime reward points. Writing can easly be the career of your household breadwinner. It is, in fact, one of the easies ways to make money in The Sims 3.

Writing Skill Self-Employment Table
The Sims 3 Ambitions brought us the ability to label Sims self-employed in any of the money-making professions. To register as self-employed, simply gain a level in the skill and head to city hall. Here are the levels for this skill:

The Sims 3 Writing Self Employment Career
LevelJob RankNeeded to LevelBonus
1Fan Fiction Drafter$75-
2Small-Time Scribe$400-
3Tabloid Typist$1000-
4Paperback Pauper$2500-
5Work-for-Hire Wordsmith$5000$500
6Pretentious Poet$8000-
7Ghostwriter$12000$1500
8Prizewinning Author$19000-
9Fiction Fantastico$30000$2500
10Blockbuster WriterMax$5000

Getting Started as a Writer
All that you need to get started writing books in the Sims 3 is a computer. It doesn't even have to belong to your Sim, as you could use the computer at the public library. Certainly, you'll want to own your own computer if you intend to pursue writing seriously, but if you just want to try it out this is an easy way. How to write: click the computer and select write. A list of novel types will appear. All the books you can write, based on writing skill level, will be listed here.

An Even Earlier Start - Toddler Sims 3 Skill Books
Toddlers can learn intro writing skills by reading Bluish Eggs With a Side of Pastrami, Frank I'm Not, and Oh the Destinations You'll Briefly Visit.

Learning Writing in the Sims 3
The best way to learn writing is to be write novels. You can also send your Sim to a writing class at the business building in town. I never use refine writing skills, because the Sim could be working toward that wonderful 25 total book mark. Refine may actually increase the rate at which your Sim learns writing though, so if your Sim is only a level or two away from writing a particular type of book, you could use it.

Practice makes perfect. The best way to raise writing is to skip the refine writing skills and go straight to hammering out Novels.Making Money with Writing
You should be able to make a nice living for your Sim with writing. If you choose some of the traits on this page, they'll be even better. Money from writing comes from turning in chapters (really just like a bonus) and in the form of Royalty Checks. Royalty Checks come once every week, for six weeks. The money is deposited noon every Sunday automatically.

The earnings from a book are primarily based on the diffulty rating of that book. Looking at the list of novel types you can write, more simoleon symbols under the expected royalty column means more money. The harder books will also take longer to write, but are generally the best route for profitability. I recommend every Sim write four of each type of book so they can later specialize in vaudeville or children's books, while still working toward the prolific author writing challenge's completion.

Writing Specialization: Choose a Book Type
The first type of novel that you make five books of will be your Sim's writing specialization. Writing masteries can change, but you'd have to write more total novels of another type to change it. If I wrote twenty-five non-fiction novels, I'd have to write 26 of another book type later to change my specialization.

A beautifully decorated room will keep your Sim happy, and help them write better books.Writing Efficiently for more Hits and Best Sellers
Keep your Sim's mood up while writing. Try to have fun up to the point that the Sim is having a blast to help with this. Also consider the room's ambience. A stereo can provide a boost to mood, even better if you take the care to change the station to their favorite. Decorate the writer's room as well so they'll be happy with their environment.

There are lots of factors that can boost the odds that your Sim writes a best selling book: mood, genre experience (number of books written for that genre), how many books the author has read, etc. Yep, reading books helps, so bookworms should definitely take this into consideration. There are plenty of wish opportunities for books read, so this will help get those lifetime reward points.

Profit Per Page
simone23 at our forum pointed out to me that I had some old info here. Masterpieces were never the best to write on a profit-per-page basis. Vaudeville and Children's books outperform them, so these are the two most profitable book types to choose for your writer.

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Ally says...
"All the books you can write, based on writing skill level, will be listed here."
From the "Getting Started as a Writer" paragraph.

Someone forgot to put a link to the 'here' word. Just thought I'd let you know.
24th April 2014 12:27am
Judy says...
With the later EPs we got sports books, and those seem the most profitable to me. With writing skill maxed they can whip out a sports book in 2-3 hours, making it simple to write one or two a day. The pay for sports books is 3 stars, pretty decent. I love this career for married female sims, since they can continue working during the unreasonably long time off work for honeymoons and maternity leave.
12th July 2014 3:40am
Megan says...
I've noticed that weekly royalty checks don't seem to count toward the writer career. Only the money you get during the writing process and once you've finished the book. I guess this is to prevent people from writing a lot of books, joining the career saturday night, and hitting level ten at noon the next day.
31st May 2014 6:16pm
Huldu says...
The "base" top royalty per page amongst the books you can write are:

sports 2.200
masterpiece 1.462
comic 1.377
vaudeville 1.288
poetry 1.231
romance 1.104
satire 1.086
30th August 2013 4:57pm
Lily says...
Can you still be self employed without an expansion pack, or do I need to get ambitions?
1st January 2014 5:08am
Lily says...
Please help!!!!
6th January 2014 12:09pm
Meowxmeow says...
Unfortunately you still have to have ambitions to be able to be self employed in the sims 3 :(
12th January 2014 9:41am
anna says...
you can get the nrass career mod. thatsv how I do it at least
25th April 2014 2:33pm
lily says...
So I'm a writer (and self employed in the writer career) but I just realized, is there really any point of being a self employed writer?? like once you hit level 10 does it even matter bc it doesnt give you any money does it? (any extra money I mean,other than what you write)
23rd July 2014 3:31pm
Jess says...
I use the self employment for sims who have the lifetime wish to get level 10 of that skill, for example, my sims whose lifetime wish is Illustrious Author are self-employed in either writing or painting. You can always go get regular jobs later on.
22nd August 2015 11:53am
Simmers says...
So I have my sim work as professional writer with writing skill maxed out and do have a lot of books that i've written.. i've accumulated bout 45000 simoleon every week.. but after i move to the new house, i only get 17000.. TTwTT why is that? can anybody help me?
7th October 2015 4:08am
Abby says...
To my knowledge, royalty checks only last 6 weeks. If your sim hasn't written many books recently then the royalty check might've ran out.
2nd November 2015 11:54am
sotanaht says...
So I'm wondering if comics might end up being the best choice because of how quickly you can churn them out and then read them. Number of books written in the genre and number of books read overall both affect the final value, and the short length of comics allows you to increase both of those values faster than any other genre. I think we need graphs.
24th November 2013 12:19am
Justin says...
How do I get my book to be on the shelves?
3rd August 2014 4:42pm
Zara says...
Once your sim has written a book, you can purchase it by clicking on the computer, clicking writing and the clicking the option "purchase written books". Choose the book(s) you want to buy and it will be delivered in the mail.

Also, when you've written a book it will automatically appear on the shelves in libraries and you may occasionally find random sims reading it around town.
17th August 2014 1:47pm
BigKev56 says...
Now that, is really Cool - I will look out for that.
26th February 2019 8:55am
Alexia says...
I have a Sim who is on the journalist career, but the writing is also very high. Should I keep the job or go self employed?
2nd September 2017 10:03am
Playalot says...
Depends how you want to play it. You could leave your sim in the job until she maxes it, and write books in the weekends/days off or after work. Or quit and go full time self-employed. No rules to how you have to play.
2nd September 2017 8:04pm
Alexia says...
Okay, I was just trying to get a second opinion on it.
2nd September 2017 11:12pm
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