It is not an exaggeration to say that a novel is its point of view, for point of view determines the readers’ responses, controls the readers’ sympathies or empathies for the characters, and engages or distances the readers’ emotional involvement in the fictional world … In novels, point of view is even more important than it is in short stories and novellas, if only because of the more extensive world the author is creating. Point of view can help you create your fictional world more realistically and make your characters more alive for your audience, so it is essential to understand and master point of view.
Story matters. Writing is important. Stories make the world go around. Many things begin as words on a page. It matters to the world. And it matters to you. Don’t let anyone rob you of that. Don’t rob yourself of it, either. Don’t diminish. Don’t dismiss. Embrace. Create. Accelerate.