What’s the difference between a Rule and a Preference? Advice for New Writers…

by Louise Harnby

​Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths about ‘rules’ in writing. Sorting out what’s right or wrong versus what’s preferred or asked for can be tricky for the inexperienced author.

In this article, I offer some guidance.

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Writing well means understanding the difference between a rule and a preference.

In the world of the written word, these two things often become confused.

How to sort out Rules from Preferences

15 thoughts on “What’s the difference between a Rule and a Preference? Advice for New Writers…

  1. Reblogged this on The Write Stuff and commented:
    Super advice here, in a post shared by Chris. DO check out the original article. I’m keeping it on file for future reference, and the occasional reminder that this is just one more area where we’ve lost touch with common sense. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I’m with Sue. What will they think of next? (People might start using common sense about everything in life, again. OMG. The idea boggles the mind!) Great share, Chris. Passing it along, myself. 🙂



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