The best science-fiction novels boast panoramic world-building and complex ideas. But eventually, you must explain your grand design in a few sentences. This is what's called the "elevator pitch," and it's actually a helpful way of thinking about your novel.
Welcome to Free Advice for Struggling Writers (as if there's any other kind), a new semi-regular column here at io9. We've taken a few stabs doing a writing advice column for ages, but I always felt a bit presumptuous giving anybody else advice about how to write. But now that I'm in the middle of revising a fantasy novel, I'm having all sorts of thoughts about novel-writing that might actually be helpful. And which might, at least, start some interesting conversations.