The late comedian Mitch Hedberg shared a secret for all writers in a mini-documentary at the Modern Comedian YouTube series (video embedded above).

Hedberg had this deceptively simple tip: “Always make sure that you write down thoughts that are funny. You want to make sure you hang on to all the funny things you think of. It’s as simple as that: write down anything funny that comes into your head. Don’t be lazy.”

The video also includes an intimate look at Hedberg’s writing notebooks, filled with countless pages of jokes, thoughts and free writing. It is an inspiring reminder for all writers to keep a writing notebook and shows how much work goes into a great writer’s routine.

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