By far one of the worst DLC packages ever released. Alan Wake as a main, standalone game was a great experience, I describe it as "Alone in the Dark done right". The Writer takes the things that made the game fun, fresh, and original and totally tosses them out the window. From the beginning, The Writer introduces a lot of platforming, which is its biggest downfall. Alan Wake is by no means a platformer, and wasn't designed to be played as such. Timed jumps, puzzle sequences, and awkward movements plague this DLC, adding unnecessary frustration to what should have been a straightforward experience. The "shine your light on words to make things appear" factor is still included, yet another thing that sucks the experience from the game. You would also expect a conclusion to the story, after playing through 8 episodes (including The Signal) and reading the manuscript pages, but you're left with another cliffhanger.
The combat that made the game a different experience is now mostly replaced with using the flashlight words to change the environment in ways that kill enemies, as opposed to actually engaging in combat. This also leads to frustrating moments, when the magically appearing items seem to completely bypass enemies spawning in. There's no new environments, just rehashes of the areas you've already thoroughly explored. Not a worthy addition to Alan Wake at all.