Soon we'll be adding a page on here which will have links to the Rules of Civil Procedure for each state but in the meantime I continually see people trying to represent themselves without even the basic knowledge that is required.
The Rules of Civil Procedure (also known as the Rules of Court, Rules of Trial, and other names in various states) are the fundamental and most basic of the knowledge required to appear in court. They set forth the time limits, the concepts of the filings, the order in how a case proceeds, and hundreds of other tidbits which can make or break a case.
Everyone who is considering representing themselves absolutely must find the Rules of Civil Procedure for their court and read through them repeatedly. Any time a motion needs to be filed or is filed then the party should read the section on that particular motion so they are sure the requirements are understood.