I’m writing a novel that contains many elements. At its core, the story is about a naive, innocent, adolescent girl that evolves into an independent, strong, world-wise woman; as a result of working in a bar, a failed marriage, and a tragic incident that changes her forever. The book contains many characters and sub-plots. My problem, is in writing the pitch. I’ve considered eliminating some of the sub-plots and focusing more on her life and transition, but I’m finding that difficult to do and sustain the story for 80,000 plus word count. The sub-plots involve her either directly or indirectly, but they are unrelated to the central tragic event that happens at the end of the book. Register to remove this ad Have you had a similar experience in crafting your novel? Has your story been difficult to describe in a pitch due to sub-plots or diversions from the central theme?