Windchimes

A freelance writer who specializes in narrative design and script writing for games.Availability: Open (Limited)


About Me

Hello, I'm Windchimes!I'm a professional writer who's been writing for visual novels, particularly otome and amare games, since 2016.I'm also an aspiring indie developer who runs the solo visual novel development studio, Wind Chimes Games.I've worked on many collaborative game jam projects, commercial projects directed by clients, and my own projects over the years. As a result, I like to think I'm decently experienced in working in a variety of settings and types of projects, and my services are adaptable to your needs.I'm always eager to help my clients bring their stories and characters to life, so please don't hesitate to message me if you're interested in my services!


Services Offered

I mainly offer the following services:

  • Script writing

  • Editing

  • Proofreading

Tentatively, I also offer the following services depending on my work schedule, complexity of project and rates:
(Please contact me directly to inquire about these)

  • Ideabouncing and brainstorming

  • Creation of character profiles and detailed outlines

  • Ren'Py programming (scripting, GUI, etc.)

  • Project management


Portfolio

Own Projects (Wind Chimes Games)

1. Reanimation Scheme (2018 - now)
Director, Writer, Programmer
My solo studio's debut otome visual novel project. A successful Kickstarter campaign was held for this project in 2019.

2. Emberfate: Tempest of Elements (2022)
Director, Writer, Programmer
An experimental chatroom / MMORPG simulator visual novel, originally created for Amare Game Jam 2022. Currently being released on a monthly episodic schedule, slated for completion by December 2022.


Previous Clients

1. Royal Alchemist (2019)
Writer, Outline Writer
I was hired to write the romance scenes for Serin's route, as well as create more detailed scene outlines for part of Nazir's route.

2. Caffeine: Victoria's Legacy (2019)
Writer
I was hired to write the script of Mel's route. I also provided detailed outlines for the scenes prior to writing.

3. AIRIS (2017)
Writer, Editor, Programmer
This visual novel was completed in 2017 for the NaNoRenO game jam. I worked with a co-writer for this project, so only the common route, Kylan’s route and half of Everea’s route are representative of my work. Unfortunately, Ebullience Games was disbanded in 2018, so there are no longer any available download links for this game.

4. Forgotten, Not Lost (2016)
Co-writer, Editor
A commercial kinetic novel created by Afterthought Studios that I edited for. I was also credited as co-writer in the end due to the extent of work I had done for the script.


Writing Samples


Writing Services

Job DescriptionI will write the script of your visual novel, or parts of it as requested. I can also create characters (with detailed profiles) and detailed scene outlines, but please note that it would incur extra fees on top of the writing rates.PricingI usually charge 0.06 USD to 0.07 USD for each word I write.The exact price is dependent on some factors, such as complexity of the story, time available before deadline, amount of background research required...etc. I will let you know the exact rate after receiving all the relevant information about the commission I need.

SkillsRealistic Romances and Well-Rounded Characters
I’m most confident when writing romance, particularly with female protagonists. Moreover, I'm able to weave interesting plots and mysteries. Previous otomes I’ve written tend to have equal focus on romance and the overarching plot. I also pay a lot of attention to creating well-rounded, realistic characters that feel human and immersive worlds with expansive lore.
Game Jam Experience
Having participated in multiple game jams before (NaNoRenO 2016, 2017, Amare Game Jam 2022), I'm able to write fast under pressure.
Team Experience
I’m comfortable with working in a team environment, and I have experience communicating with a co-writer to come up with ideas and write consistently together.
Familiarity with Ren'Py Script
I also doubled as the programmer for most of the previous visual novels I’ve written previously. As a result, I’m familiar with writing in Ren’Py script format if you prefer the script to be delivered that way.
Flexible Writing Style
I can write more flowery language for historical romances, simpler and more straightforward for modern slice of life, or even pure dialogue and casual Internet chat-style of language for chatroom visual novels.

Additional NotesSpecial Areas of Knowledge
I have a Bachelor of Laws degree, so if your story is law-related, I might be the perfect fit!
I also have a decent understanding of Chinese culture and history as a native Chinese, so I'd be able to offer ideas or work with yours if you have a Chinese setting for your story or Chinese characters.Limitations
I don't accept projects with R18 content or anything that promotes racism, sexism, discrimination, pedophilia, non-consensual sex, etc.
Payment Details

  • I don't accept revenue sharing arrangements.

  • Rates are negotiable, so don't be afraid to reach out and discuss!

  • If your project is a free project, I can give a discount for my services.


Editing Services

Job DescriptionI’ll be going over your script line by line and providing editing suggestions. In general, you can expect me to do the following: picking out errors, rewriting and changing the phrasing to improve the language, removing unnecessary or redundant information, pointing out confusing bits or inconsistencies in content, adjusting tones and character voices, etc. We can discuss if there’s particular things you want or don’t want me to do with editing.PricingI usually charge 0.04 USD to 0.05 USD for each word of the original script.The exact price is dependent on some factors, such as level of editing or rewriting required, complexity of the story, time available before deadline, amount of background research required...etc. I will let you know the exact rate after receiving all the relevant information about the commission I need.

SkillsStrong Language Skills
I have a good understanding of English grammar, so I should be able to spot mistakes fairly easily.
Experience with Character and Plot Creation
As a writer myself, I’m experienced in matters such as creating characters, weaving plots, etc. Therefore, I will be able to provide feedback on the overall story and give suggestions if asked.
Team Experience
Having worked with different writers before, I have experience editing scripts written in different styles. I can also be sensitive to writers’ feelings, and I’ll provide constructive criticisms and suggestions in an encouraging and understanding manner. I’m also open to discussion if the writer(s) disagree with certain changes I’ve made.
Familiarity with Ren'Py Language
I’m also comfortable reading scripts written in Ren’Py format as I’ve been the programmer of several visual novels made in the Ren’Py engine before.

Additional NotesSpecial Areas of Knowledge
I have a Bachelor of Laws degree, so if your story is law-related, I might be the perfect fit!
I also have a decent understanding of Chinese culture and history as a native Chinese, so I'd be able to offer ideas or work with yours if you have a Chinese setting for your story or Chinese characters.Limitations
I don't accept projects with R18 content or anything that promotes racism, sexism, discrimination, pedophilia, non-consensual sex, etc.
Payment Details

  • I don't accept revenue sharing arrangements.

  • Rates are negotiable, so don't be afraid to reach out and discuss!

  • If your project is a free project, I can give a discount for my services.


Proofreading Services

Job DescriptionI’ll be going over your script, combing through the lines for errors such as spelling mistakes, grammar errors and typos.PricingI usually charge 0.02 USD for each word of the original script.The exact price is dependent on some factors, such as level of editing or rewriting required, complexity of the story, time available before deadline, amount of background research required...etc. I will let you know the exact rate after receiving all the relevant information about the commission I need.

SkillsStrong Language Skills
I have a good understanding of the English language, so I should be able to spot mistakes fairly easily.
Familiarity with Ren'Py Language
I’m also comfortable reading scripts written in Ren’Py format as I’ve been the programmer of several visual novels made in the Ren’Py engine before.
Additional NotesSpecial Areas of Knowledge
I have a Bachelor of Laws degree, so if your story is law-related, I might be the perfect fit!
I also have a decent understanding of Chinese culture and history as a native Chinese, so I'd be able to offer ideas or work with yours if you have a Chinese setting for your story or Chinese characters.Limitations
I don't accept projects with R18 content or anything that promotes racism, sexism, discrimination, pedophilia, non-consensual sex, etc.


Terms of Service

Rejecting Offers
I reserve the right to reject any commission offer I see fit.
Legalities

  • I require credit for my work. I currently do not accept ghostwriting commissions.

  • I reserve the copyright of my writing and keep the right to reproduce excerpts of my writing as writing samples or in my portfolio. (Please discuss with me beforehand if you want me to keep my writing confidential until your project has been released.)

  • Unless otherwise agreed, I maintain the status as a freelance independent contractor, and I owe no duty of loyalty to the client. I may work for myself or other clients in projects or businesses that may or may not be competing with yours, both during and after the period of working for your project as commissioned.

  • You're not allowed to use my work in any other project without my approval.

Limitations
I reserve the right to terminate the commission if at any point of development, the visual novel I am hired to write is changed in such a way or to such an extent that it violates my limitations mentioned in the above "Limitations" section (e.g. 18+ scenes, gore).
Termination of Commission
If, for whatever reason, you want to terminate the commission:
1. Please inform me as soon as possible.
2. Outstanding payments for any work I’ve already done must still be paid.
3. Credit is still required for any portion of my work that you will use.
If I receive no response from the client after three months (without prior notice), I will assume the project has been dropped and remove the project from my work queue until next contacted.By commissioning me, you agree that you have read, understood and will abide by these terms.