The point of view your story is told from is fairly crucial. It can really make or break your story. There are three types of point of view: first (I said), second (you said) and third (She said.) It is important to figure out which point of view you are going to write in. You might want to go for a more personal, immediate point of view and go with first, or you might want to see from other characters points of view and go for third. It all depends on the need of your story. This might come naturally, or you might have to experiment a little until you find the right voice.
I knew how important point of view was, but I didn’t fully understand until I was working on a short story last week. I was working on a draft of a story that had a solid idea, a perfect plot and even good writing, but there was something off about it. I was reading over it thinking it should be better than it was, that it felt a bit flat. Then it struck me to change the point of view and it really popped, becoming the story I had expected it to be in the first place. I had originally wrote it in third person and changed it to first person. The story was about a young woman who gets trapped by an evil sorcerer. By making it first I put the reader in my protagonist shoes and made it more personal, so (hopefully) they will feel more for her and be more horrified by her situation.
Maybe if your story is feeling a bit flat, or something is wrong and you’re not sure what, you might need a point of view change. If it’s a novel, only do a few chapters in the different point of view before changing the whole thing. It is a long process to change an entire manuscript to a different point of view, especially if you change it and realise that it isn’t working that new way after all. If you do a few chapters and realise the point of view change is needed, you can then go on and finish it and you won’t have wasted a large amount of time.
It doesn’t matter what point of view you want to tell your story in, as long as it is the best point of view for your story. The right point of view can make a flat, boring, or even good story, great, and great stories are what we all want to write.