Carl's Sims 3 Guide - Skills, Traits, Careers, Rewards, and Lifetime Wishes for Ambitions and World Adventures

The Sims 3 Skills
Advanced TechAlchemyAthleticBot MakingCharismaCollectingConsignment
Laser RhythmLogicMartial ArtsMixologyNectar MakingPaintingPhotography
RidingScienceScuba DivingSculptingSocial NetworkingStreet ArtWriting

The Sims 3: Writing Guide - List of All Book Types for Writers

Write Books and Become a Master Author

Sims 3 Writing Guide  |  Good Traits for Writers  |  List of All Book Types Sims Write
Writing Challenges, Opportunities and Wishes
Reading a book 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.

This is a list of all book types that authors can write in the Sims 3. Use it to help choose what types of books to write to maximize your profit. For example, books like dramas can take a long time to write, yet provide relatively low profit from royalty checks compared to books of similar size. In the table, look to the profitability column for my rating of how much profit you get per page out of a book type.

Book GenreSkill Level
or Other Requirement
Skill Journal
Royalty Rating
How Many Pages?Average Royalty
Book Type
Profitability Per Page
ArticleJournalism Level 3N/A80 1 time $200Low
Auto BiographyWritten 3 Biographies31601 time $800Low
BiographyOffered through Writing Opportunities31601 time $800Low, but can boost relations with other Sims
Children'sLevel 3 Writing, Level 4 Painting1105$450/weekMedium-High
DramaWriting Level 32305$600/weekMedium-Low
FantasyWrite 3 Sci-Fi Books3440$1300/weekMedium
FictionAvailable at Start190$130/weekQuite Low
HistoricalWriting Level 6, Be an Elder3505$1300/weekMedium
HumorWriting Level 5. 3 For Good Sense of Humor2340$500/weekMedium-High
Life StoryLevel 10 Career Opportunity3400$2,000 1 timeHigh
MasterpieceWrite 25 Books52,000$13,000+/weekCrazy High!
MysteryWriting Level 83500$1200+/weekMedium
Non-FictionAvailable at Start190$130/weekQuite Low
Political MemoirLeader of the Free World Political Opportunity3400$2,000 1 timeHigh
ReportLaw Enforcement Level 3N/AN/AN/AUsed by Law Enforcement as Career Requirement
RomanceWriting 10, Level 6 for Hopeless Romantics4650$3,000Quite High
SatireWrite 3 Humor Books3350$1300High
Science FictionLevel 1 Writing, or at Start for Computer Whiz1150$300Low
TrashyWriting Level 2 or At Start for Inappropriate1190$350Low
VaudevilleWrite the following:
2 Drama Books
2 Humor Books
2 Mystery Books
2 Romance Books
2 Sci-Fi Books
41250$6,000Quite High
The Sims 3 Skills
Advanced TechAlchemyAthleticBot MakingCharismaCollectingConsignment
Laser RhythmLogicMartial ArtsMixologyNectar MakingPaintingPhotography
RidingScienceScuba DivingSculptingSocial NetworkingStreet ArtWriting

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senyaberith says...
The poetry genre is unlocked from the start with the brooding skill :)
11th June 2014 1:46pm
Holly says...
Hello (: I've found that my hopeless romantic writer can write romance books at level 5, not 6.
21st June 2014 2:59pm
Lexmechanic says...
Hey Carl, could you also add Comics to the list? They were added with UL, I can only assume. In the skill journal it says they average 61 pages and have a 1 for royalty rating.
Thanks for the suggestion. I'll be attempting to update all lists to finalize the Guide over the next few months. This includes things like LTWs, LTRs, Deaths, and possibly a new section on Transportation. I'm doing these updates myself and it will take quite some time to have everything done, while some things are obviously lower priority (like book types) and will come later in the process.
20th October 2013 11:17pm
DMa says...
I think it did come with University Life because it increases Street Art Skill in addition to Writing Skill. I had one of my sims write to help with her Illustrious Author lifetime wish, she wrote 3 comics, already went to level 4 in both writing and street art skills. I'm going to try to make her a comic specialist and then have her write a satire (which, I think came from writing 2 comics for some reason...)
31st October 2013 5:14am
allyxE says...
How do I buy books my SIM has written?
15th April 2014 2:07pm
Alibar says...
You buy your sim's books in the computer. Choose writing->Buy written books.
20th April 2014 3:25pm
Shiane says...
Can you buy the books your Sim has written on Ps3? I saw a Autobiography my Sim did in the Library but that's all! None of the other ones.
#Ps3 console
14th June 2019 4:20pm
Playalot says...
Is the option to purchase your sims books not on their computer?
15th June 2019 6:48pm
sickwithsin says...
The skill journal in-game has Biographies listed at 400 pages, not 160 pages.
1st July 2014 7:05pm
Pipluphmv says...
You forget to mention that you need to be in political career to make a life story book
16th August 2013 10:47pm
Failisse says...
For some reason at Level 10 Writing Skill and with the recommended Writing Career Traits the royalty checks that come in for the Sci-Fi novels is only around 220 Simoleons. Why would it be lower than the 300 shown on here??
26th October 2018 7:24pm
V says...
I unlocked Horror, how did I do that? Did anyone else unlock Horror to?
11th January 2019 7:32pm
Allison says...
I was also wondering this. I want my sim to write horror novels, but it’s not yet available and I don’t know how to unlock it. She already mastered the writing skill.
13th January 2019 9:55pm
Playalot says...
The genre Horror came with Supernatural EP (L4 skill) and unlocks earlier if your sim has the Supernatural Fan trait (L2 skill).
15th January 2019 3:34pm
Anat says...
Also it's blocked if you've got a Supernatural skeptic trait
10th May 2019 5:41pm
ponyta says...
How do u buy a computer?
From the build/buy menu.
17th December 2019 9:24pm
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