A Starving Artist trying to write The Great American Novel is the who and what I am. The how can be traced to reading a Victorian and an English-writing Nigerian novelists I read in high school. I was so blown away that I knew that there was nothing that was going to matter as much as writing from then on. As of today, I've completed one novel-length manuscript, and I have another waiting in the wings. Trial and error was how I eventually got the first whatchamacallit completed, a process which took about 6 years. (I kept writing it over and over again until I got something resembling a novel.) I presume I learned something from that ordeal and expect the second one to go a lot smoother. Maybe you guys can help.