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Become an author ... without a computer

by MogHughson Posted 17th Aug 2010 at 11:42 PM - Updated 31st Oct 2010 at 6:41 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

      Object Mods: Object Interaction Mods (things that change how sims interact with objects or their environment, like "Multi-owner door" or "sunbathe anywhere")

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

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

Size: 303.6 KB · Downloads: 62,639 · 17th Aug 2010
303.6 KB 62,639 17th 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\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Test Subject
#126 Old 12th Jan 2012 at 4:27 AM
Dear Mog,
I had emailed you a couple of times back, asking if you could put the download in .zip format because my computer would not support WinRar. Well, I got a new computer, and the first thing I did was download WinRar. And I just downloaded this and played with it a bit. all I can say is thank you so much, it is amazing.
Test Subject
#127 Old 11th Feb 2012 at 1:38 AM
Cool-but how do u use it?
Test Subject
#128 Old 27th Feb 2012 at 8:12 PM
amazing! this'll go great for movie-making
Lab Assistant
#129 Old 19th May 2012 at 9:01 AM
Love It! Love It! Love It!
Test Subject
#130 Old 18th Aug 2012 at 5:20 PM
Wow Thanks!It's Just Like In Real Life!!
Test Subject
#131 Old 22nd Nov 2012 at 5:21 AM
Nice change from always needing a computer. Thanks!
#132 Old 10th Dec 2012 at 3:48 AM
Test Subject
#133 Old 4th Jan 2013 at 12:37 PM
very good idea, smart
Test Subject
#134 Old 3rd Jun 2013 at 5:16 PM
OMG! thank you!
Lab Assistant
#135 Old 11th Jul 2013 at 7:32 PM
i like your work but there is nothing wrong with it but does this happien to you. when the book comes to your house it freezes when i click the book my sims cant read it. there is nothing to do with your mods i just wanted to point it. your work is good so keep it up
Lab Assistant
#136 Old 28th Oct 2013 at 7:50 AM
Awesome idea taking the homework animation for this. Great for players who have Sims struggling to be authors...
Field Researcher
#137 Old 24th Apr 2014 at 1:53 AM
Works and fits in well. Avoids the writers hogging the computer all the time
Field Researcher
#138 Old 11th May 2014 at 10:48 PM
This is perfect - thank you very much!
Mad Poster
#139 Old 21st Sep 2014 at 11:14 AM
I'm still getting a jump bug when my sims write on the floor.


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Test Subject
#140 Old 6th Dec 2014 at 4:11 PM
This is awesome! I love it! Thanks.
Test Subject
#141 Old 16th Dec 2014 at 4:04 AM
awesome idea ty so much for making this
Lab Assistant
#142 Old 14th Jan 2015 at 9:18 PM
thanks for making this. :)
Test Subject
#143 Old 20th Jan 2015 at 9:59 PM
don't now how explain it.
Field Researcher
#144 Old 1st Mar 2015 at 12:36 AM
Very useful, thank you
#145 Old 9th May 2015 at 9:51 AM
I always hated the fact that my sims just become authors via computer!
Now times have changed and i'm super happy!
Test Subject
#146 Old 27th Dec 2015 at 8:38 PM
Thank u!
#147 Old 11th Feb 2018 at 9:37 AM
Great idea!
Mad Poster
#148 Old 14th Mar 2018 at 7:21 PM
Thank you
Test Subject
#149 Old 7th Oct 2020 at 3:30 PM Last edited by THybrid21 : 9th Oct 2020 at 5:00 AM.
Does anyone else have an issue where this... doesn't mail? Or bring up the customize novel dialogue? Just a lot of funny stuff happening with it in 2020

Further observation indicates that all the issues I have. No mailing, no custom novel dialogue, jump bug when it's picked up or put down-- only happen when it's from off the floor-- which means that you can only really use this object as intended if it's put on a table/desk and worked on there.
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