How to Write Articles in Sims 4

Sims 4, developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts, is a life simulation game that offers a myriad of opportunities for players to express creativity and live out virtual fantasies.

Beyond creating Sims and designing homes, one of the lesser-known features in Sims 4 is the ability to craft and write articles.

However, the process might not be as straightforward as one might hope. Here’s a detailed guide on how to write articles in Sims 4.

Understanding the Sims 4 Writing Mechanism

Before diving into the specific steps of writing an article, it’s essential to have a fundamental understanding of the writing mechanism within the game.

Why Write in Sims 4?

Sims 4 is all about life simulation, and like in real life, Sims have their aspirations and careers.

The writing skill can help a Sim excel in careers like Writer or Journalist. Plus, it’s a way to earn some Simoleons (in-game currency) on the side.

The Writing Skill

For a Sim to write articles or even books, they must have the Writing Skill. This skill can be acquired by:

  • Practicing on a computer.
  • Reading books about writing.
  • Taking a writing course on the computer.

The higher the skill level, the better the articles and other writing projects a Sim can undertake.

How to Write Articles in Sims 4: A Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Choose a Suitable Sim: Any Sim can write an article, but those with a higher writing skill will produce better quality articles. It’s beneficial if your Sim also has traits like Bookworm or Creative.
  2. Purchase a Computer: Ensure your Sim has a computer. If you don’t have one, buy it from the Build/Buy mode.
  3. Select ‘Write’: Click on the computer, go to the ‘Write’ option, and choose ‘Write Article’. As your Sim progresses in their writing skill, more writing options will become available.
  4. Choose a Topic (if applicable): Sometimes the game might give you a choice of topics. Pick one that aligns with your Sim’s interests or the audience you want to target.
  5. Let Your Sim Write: Your Sim will start typing away. The time it takes can vary based on their writing skill level and the quality of the computer.
  6. Edit and Refine (for higher skill levels): Once your Sim has a high enough skill level, you can choose to refine the articles, increasing their quality and value.
  7. Publish or Sell: Once done, you can choose to publish the article, turning your Sim into a recognized author or sell it for some quick Simoleons.

Benefits of Writing Articles in Sims 4

Writing articles in Sims 4 is not just a fun activity; it has tangible benefits:

  • Income Source: Your Sim can earn a steady stream of income through royalties if they choose to publish their articles.
  • Career Progression: Writing articles can be beneficial for Sims in the writer or journalist career, helping them progress faster.
  • Skill Development: Every article written helps improve the Writing Skill, unlocking more writing opportunities and increasing the quality of the articles.
  • Fame (with the Get Famous expansion): If you have the ‘Get Famous’ expansion pack, your Sim can gain fame by publishing articles.

Tips and Tricks for Successful Article Writing in Sims 4

  • Invest in a Good Computer: Higher quality computers in Sims 4 allow for faster writing and less frequent breakdowns.
  • Seek Inspiration: If your Sim is inspired, they’ll produce better quality work. Activities like reading or taking a thoughtful shower can boost inspiration.
  • Join a Writers’ Guild: Once your Sim reaches a certain level in the writing skill, they can join a writers’ guild, offering more opportunities and higher royalties.
  • Stay Consistent: Like in the real world, consistency is key in Sims 4. Make your Sim write regularly to steadily increase their skill and income.
  • Expand with Books: Once your Sim is comfortable with articles, they can start writing books, which offer even more royalties.


While the Sims 4 offers a plethora of activities and career paths, writing stands out as a unique and rewarding experience.

Whether you’re looking to boost your Sim’s career, earn some extra Simoleons, or simply indulge in a creative endeavor, writing articles can be a fulfilling venture.

Remember to invest in the right tools, seek inspiration, and stay consistent to make the most out of the writing journey in Sims 4. Happy writing!

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