There is plenty of writing advice out there that might make you go, “duh.” But, honestly, even if it seems obvious, it is usually essential to writing a great story or non-fiction piece. Here are three “duh” rules for writers.

1. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip. The point to this rule is to remove anything that detracts the reader from the actual story, such as extensive dialogue, flowery description, etc. Be clear and concise.

2.  Write in a way that comes naturally to you. Duh, right? Well, unfortunately, many writers try to write in a way that is not comfortable for them. This isn’t to say never stretch yourself outside of your comfort zone, but don’t try to be a writer you’re not. Don’t try to be someone else to please editors and/or agents. This will only frustrate you and won’t be believable or natural-sounding to the reader.

3. The best way to become a better writer is to write. It’s such an obvious rule, so why don’t we writers do it? We say we want to be better writers, but then go days without writing a single word. In fact, I think I’ll change the rule to “The only way to become a better writer is to write.”

So what DUH rules for writers can you come up with?

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