Not that FTW, but full-time writer! Letting go of the day-job to write full-time is a dream many of us writers share, but I wonder if we've considered the dream realistically.
In my fantasy, FTW me rolls out of bed everyday without the assistance of an alarm, boils a pot of tea, and settles down in her pajamas to joyously write without another care in the world. Or maybe heads to the local cafe where she can people-watch between writing scenes. FTW me is always inspired and doesn't even remember what it was like to feel burned out.
This isn't really how it would work. Sure, I'd get to hang out in my pajamas all day if I wanted to. But I would need to adhere to some sort of actual schedule if I planned on being productive. And I would have to set boundaries with my family and friends - I don't think it would be easy making people understand that yes, I am home all day, but no, I do not have time to run to the grocery store, watch the kids for a couple of hours, or walk someone's dog. And in order to make everyone else respect my working time at home just as they would regular working hours, I'd have to structure my hours and probably set aside a designated work area.
That doesn't sound so hard, but there would be other things to get used to as well. What about the social aspect of my day-job? Writing can be a solitary experience, which is actually one of the things I love about it. But would that change when most of my day was spent alone? And what if I wasn't inspired? With a day-job, I can more or less wait for inspiration to strike, but a FTW has to write daily, inspired or not. Could a lack of inspiration lead to writer's block?
Transition usually isn't the easiest thing in the world and a dream can be built up to the point where it makes transitioning into that dream even more difficult. I know I'm guilty of sometimes thinking all my problems would be solved if I could just write full time. But nothing is ever that easy. Not to say that it isn't still my dream, but I've realized I need to look at it more realistically now to make sure that I can fully enjoy it without being disappointed should it one day become my reality.
What about you? Do you dream of writing full time? Why or why not? And do you think it would be difficult to transition into the life of a FTW?