I do not remember when the choice to switch to multiple point of views in my writing started. I do know that when I started writing as a kid, everything I wrote was in first person. Perhaps it was because it felt natural to write things with "I". After all, essays in elementary school are always about writing about yourself. Later on, I discovered that it’s difficult for me to write in first person without seeping into my characters. It is a struggle. I’m better and definitely on guard to be conscious of this when I do write in first person (which is mostly limited to my short stories) so naturally my first novel was written not only in third person but third person multiple povs.
Writing in third person omniscient was "freeing". It also made me lazy. It became a cop out. If my main character had to know what X was thinking or something X did was crucial to the plot, I threw in X’s POV. Soon, my story had too many point of views. This was one of the things that I took a major swing at during rewrites.
Now, I have two major characters with point of views (and one minor character’s point of view that appears every couple of chapters) compared to four main POVs and I dont even know how many minor characters were floating around.
Even with this cut, I can’t help but wonder whether my story will reach it’s best potential being told entirely from one point of view.
So how do you know whether your story is best told through one point of view (third person limited) or multiple point of views?
Are there any good books on writing/writing craft that help with this decision?
Do you struggle with this choice or does the voice the story is to be told in come to you and is pretty much fixed?