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Become an author ... without a computer

by MogHughson Posted 18th Aug 2010 at 12:42 AM - Updated 31st Oct 2010 at 7:41 PM by MogHughson : Noted fix to incoming phone calls
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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
*Updated 31st October 2010*
Minor Fixes - see section below
This mod allows you to write a novel without using a computer. Great for your historic hoods, or generally poor authors who can't yet afford to buy a computer.

It takes the form of a manuscript notepad which your Sim (of any age Child and older) will spend many hours writing their creative thoughts in (and gaining creativity skill points) until the novel reaches completion.

Exactly as the computer version does, this will take approximately 15 Sim hours, where the Sim can stop writing and contuinue later as many times as required. Once complete, the manuscript should be posted to a publisher, and after which time you will receive a telephone call telling you how good your novel is. If you don't receive a phone call and you are on an Apartment Lot, you likely need the fix here. The Sim will automatically post (mail) the manuscript to the publisher when done, but if you cancel the operation, then a menu on the manuscript will allow it to be posted (mailed) later.

I use exactly the same algorithm as the computer-written novel does (as I just call the Maxis code) to determine how good your novel is. If you want to know the answer click the button, if you want it to remain a surprise then don't

The manuscript can be bought from the Creativity sub-section of the Hobbies section in the Buy Mode catalog for $10.

Children can also write a novel, but an older Sim will have to post it for them since they cannot reach the postbox.

If you place the unwritten manuscript on a table or desk, the Sim will write sitting at that surface. If you place it on the floor, they will write it sitting on the floor.

FreeTime EP additions
If you have the Freetime EP (or Apartment Life which also included the functionality) then when you begin to write your novel, you will be shown a dialog box which allows you to choose the cover art for your novel and the plot lines within it by means of choosing icons. Once the novel is complete you will be asked to customize it in another dialog by giving it a title and a brief description. Once the manuscript is posted you will be delivered a copy of your final published novel. With these EPs you also get the Want satisfied "Write a Novel" and with FreeTime specifically a memory of writing your first novel.

This is a completely stand-alone object which shouldn't clash with anything else.


  • Made manuscript recolourable. Only the cover is recolourable, the inside of the pad I have not made recolourable as that is changed from blank to "written on" by the internals of the object.
  • Fixed the rate at which the creativity skill is earned. It was supposed to be exactly as the computer but I made an error. It is now exactly as the computer. Thanks to reggikko for spotting this and letting me know.
  • Changed the way the owner Sim is recorded in the manuscript so that even after moving house, the Sim can still continue the novel.
  • Added "Scrap Novel" pie-menu, so that if the author moves out, the manuscript can be scrapped and a new novel started in it. You can alternatively give the manuscript to the owner, as a gift or temporarily make them selectable so that you can put the manuscript into their inventory.
  • Made manuscript deletable.
  • Arms no longer stay at 90 degree bend after putting manuscript down when writing on floor.
  • Caught a few 'jump bugs' when writing on floor.
  • Fixed Jump Bug when novel was unable to be put back onto table/desk because something else (homework or food) is now there. Manuscript will be placed on the floor instead.
  • Fix the fact that the novel victory incoming phone call did not tell you the price achieved by your novel.

Additional Credits:
Quaxi for SimPEwiki.
Numenor for the AnyGameStarter.
Tags: #Requested, #novel

Type: Object Mods

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
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manuscript-Mog-20100625.rar | Manuscript object to allow novel writing without a computer

Size: 303.6 KB · Downloads: 57,799 · 18th Aug 2010
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 18th Aug 2010 at 12:56 AM
Thank you for sharing your brilliancy! Wonderful for historic hoods indeed. This will be getting a lot of special use in my game.
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 18th Aug 2010 at 12:58 AM
This is perfect for tech-free families...thank you!
Field Researcher
#4 Old 18th Aug 2010 at 1:35 AM
Thank you so much for sharing this. You never cease to amaze me!
Test Subject
#5 Old 18th Aug 2010 at 1:47 AM
Umm, can I just say WOW! I love it for the alternative hoods.
#6 Old 18th Aug 2010 at 2:29 AM
This is amazing! *gives AWESOME! stamp of approval and fangirls*


#7 Old 18th Aug 2010 at 2:30 AM
This is absolutely wonderful! Brava!
#8 Old 18th Aug 2010 at 2:36 AM
Since I use Monique's hacked computer for most of my 'puter stuff

this is great, since I will not have to use Mr. Humble's computer right alongside. Thank you!

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#9 Old 18th Aug 2010 at 2:45 AM
I did not realize I needed this mod until you made, but now I see I've always wanted this. Thanks!

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Field Researcher
#10 Old 18th Aug 2010 at 3:02 AM
This is AMAZING! Thank you!
Top Secret Researcher
#11 Old 18th Aug 2010 at 3:24 AM
I'm so glad you got this working! I'm definitely going to need both sims 2 and 3 installed on my computer. This is great for low-income families.

Have you thought about adding restaurant guides, term papers, and "letters" (e-mail function)?

Field Researcher
#12 Old 18th Aug 2010 at 6:21 AM
What a wonderful idea! Thank you so much.
#13 Old 18th Aug 2010 at 6:38 AM
This is one those mods you never knew you needed til you see it! Thank you =)
#14 Old 18th Aug 2010 at 6:46 AM
This is excellent, thank you!
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 18th Aug 2010 at 7:27 AM
Oh, thank god! Exactly what my poor Sims need.

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Test Subject
#16 Old 18th Aug 2010 at 8:45 AM
Oh my gosh! Thank you soooo much! Crazy how I found this. I was looking at the Creators request thread for this exact reason. I wanted someone to make me a mod so my Sims can write without a computer. And I saw your post. I was going to request it from you but I first had a peek at your request uploads and this was the first one I saw!

#17 Old 18th Aug 2010 at 8:59 AM
This is fab, thanks and I second the idea for term papers done in this way. Also does the sim gain creativity skill from this, like they do with the computer?

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Mad Poster
#18 Old 18th Aug 2010 at 9:00 AM
This looks great--I play Apocalypses, I just want to confirm that this does in fact build creativity like writing a regular novel does?
Lab Assistant
#19 Old 18th Aug 2010 at 9:41 AM
Brilliant. Perfect. Thank you so very much!

No idea why this isn't a mod's choice, it deserves it.

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#20 Old 18th Aug 2010 at 9:58 AM
Wow! This is so brilliantly brilliant, I have to wear sunglasses. Thank you so much for sharing your genius!
Test Subject
#21 Old 18th Aug 2010 at 9:58 AM
Thank you SO much, I have been wanting something like this for SO long! :D
#22 Old 18th Aug 2010 at 10:11 AM
Thanks a lot for this. It makes the game again a bit more realistic.

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#23 Old 18th Aug 2010 at 11:41 AM
Originally Posted by fway
Have you thought about adding restaurant guides, term papers, and "letters" (e-mail function)?
Letters are on my list, term papers I have been asked for, but restaurant guides had not occurred to me.
Originally Posted by PearDrops
Does the sim gain creativity skill from this, like they do with the computer?
Yes they do - I will update the text to say so.

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#24 Old 18th Aug 2010 at 12:13 PM
Originally Posted by MogHughson
Letters are on my list, term papers I have been asked for, but restaurant guides had not occurred to me.

For restaurant guide, the menu appears for certain aspiration(pleasure) if you checked 'writing restaurant guide' on Aspiration Benefit panel.
#25 Old 18th Aug 2010 at 12:14 PM
Originally Posted by MogHughson
Letters are on my list, term papers I have been asked for, but restaurant guides had not occurred to me.Yes they do - I will update the text to say so.

So those features will be added into this notepad later?

I really like that idea. It's another thing Maxis forgot to add to the game.
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