I am a very visual person and found that I want pictures to refer to when writing. However, I am not the best of drawers so I had to find a different solution. My solution? The Sims. That’s right, I’m using a computer game to aid my writing. Here are my thoughts on why it is beneficial for those of us who like to visualize our characters and world:
- After long searches on the internet, there are no other substitutes that I was able to find. The Sims allows me to be nit-picky with characteristics of my characters. I can choose from different face shapes, or go in and adjust it all myself. Nothing that I found gave me that sort of freedom.
- With world building, you can create all sorts of crazy cool towns. My “town” for my book is a little more futuristic and was worried that the default settings for various elements wouldn’t give the right concept. While I can’t get everything exactly how I want it, it’s pretty easy to get it close.
- You can take screenshots and videos of your interactions in the game. That way, you can refer to what you have created outside of the game.
- The Sims 3 has personality traits (like brave, genius, ambitious, loner, slob, light-sleeper, never-nude….). It forces you to think deeply about who your character is. While I had these thoughts running around my brain, it was a great way to make them concrete.