Guest blogger Chantal Boudreau says “the story is what counts.”
Stylistically, despite what others may quote as the "rules" of writing, writers have to figure out what works best for them, which differs from person to person and sometimes from story to story. Practice and testing your work, are the best ways to find your best methods.
On the most basic level, the story is what counts, because that's what will draw in your reader, and the technical elements are secondary (although still important.) You can have a technically pristine manuscript, but if the story falls flat and does not engage the reader, nobody's going to want to read your technically sound work.