People love asking writers “Where do you get your ideas?” Step one: Recognize when you’re having an idea.
So back a couple of years ago when I got the Sims 4 vampire pack and had grown tired of recreating “What We Do in the Shadows,” I decided to try a vampire legacy. Sims players love their legacies, in which someone plays the same family through several generations. While some legacy players just let the families do their own thing and take screenshots of it, others plot out fairly elaborate stories, and that’s what I wanted to do.
I wrote out detailed character bios, story notes, and potential plotlines, and at some point I realized I was putting as much effort into creating this legacy as I would into writing an actual novel. And I decided I’d rather write the novel. I never did get very far with the Sims legacy (I basically suck as a legacy player), but I ended up with a book out of it.
Just for fun, want to see those Sims and some of the storyline screenshots? (For my novel, I changed many of the names and backstories, especially for the characters that came with the game.) Even if you don’t want to see them, here they are anyhow. I went to all that trouble; I might as well use them.
Brooke Waters was the founder of my Forgotten Hollow legacy. (Forgotten Hollow was the name of the vampire town that came with the game.) I changed her name to Ashley for the novel because Brooke Waters sounded a little too punny. She was heavily inspired by Brooke Logan from “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
Vladislaus Straud (a vampire character who comes with Sims 4) was her wealthy vampire husband. Each one was using the other: She wanted to marry into a rich family, and he wanted a human woman to bear his children.
And here’s Vlad taunting vampire Brooke, who’s locked outside and about to burn to death in the sunlight; I deleted the door to the balcony so she couldn’t get back inside, mua ha ha ha. (Vlad looks different here because he’s wearing his “dark form,” something Sims 4 vampires can do when they’re feeding or generally being evil.)
Heh. Since my Sim Vlad didn’t actually know he was part of a soap opera storyline, he was quite distraught when his wife Brooke died. Karli looks like “Do you believe this shit? I mean, he stood there and watched her burn up.”
That’s about it for the screenshots; like I said, I suck at playing legacies. But if you want to know the rest of the story, keep your fingers crossed; maybe someday I’ll actually get an opportunity to publish it.