There is so much information out there about querying, revising, rewriting, publishing, agents, and everything related. But being published isn’t the goal for everyone who writes, and it’s not the destiny of every single project.
And that’s okay.
There are even other ways to share your writing, if you love to do it, but aren’t ready to, or don’t ever want to attempt to become a published author (or maybe want to do some just-for-fun stuff on the side). Fan fiction is probably what comes first to everyone’s mind. It’s easy to find all over the internet, and some of it is amazing.
But you will find more than just fan fiction on the internet. In this post, I’m going to focus on a creative outlet I have used in the past: the sims.
I think most people have at least heard of this game, even if you have never played it. I believe the storytelling aspect started with the original sims game, but it was the sims 2 exchange where I lost my showing-my-writing-to-people virginity. You can find sims 2, and now sims 3, stories all over the internet, not just on the exchanges, and you don’t have to own the games to read them.
The fun thing about writing using the sims is that your characters and settings come to life, and really, the possibilities are about endless, if you’re not averse to downloading some custom content and playing around a little bit with photoediting programs. The sims are devilish little things, too, with questionable morals and a tendency to make decisions you do not approve of. It’s fantastic for creativity. Sometimes, they pretty much write their own stories. Maybe not bestsellers, but a place to start, and your imagination can take it from there!
Now this is probably starting to sound like some sort of advertisement, and yes, the pretty pictures (which, by the way, are a random assortment from both the sims 2 and the sims 3) are enticing, but it’s really just a lesser known writing outlet that’s definitely worth keeping in mind.
In case I’ve gotten anyone curious, I think I would be remiss if I didn’t give you someplace to go check out a sims story. This one, called In the Valley of the Sun, is written with pictures taken in the sims 3. It’s funny and well-written and creepy, and it’s really easy to follow, because the author has posted it on a wordpress blog, with a table of contents and everything!
The moral of this post: writing is about the love, and if the publishing part isn’t for you, it doesn’t mean you have nowhere to share your words. Be brave, and have fun!