Jerry Seinfeld’s 7 Rules For Becoming A Better Writer

Learn from the comedy legend’s prolific writing routine

Antonio Rengel
7 min readAug 26, 2021
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Jerry Seinfeld is one of the most prolific comedy writers of all time. While he is most known for his eponymous sitcom, Seinfeld has produced multiple standup specials, hosts the popular Netflix series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, and recently published a book of his work. This tremendous output isn’t an accident. Jerry has spent decades crafting a systematic approach to writing.

In an interview on the popular Podcast the Tim Ferriss Show, Seinfeld shared the nuts and bolts of his writing practice. Here are the 7 best pieces of writing wisdom from Jerry Seinfeld.

Understand you are attempting “The most difficult thing in the world”

“People tell you to write like you can do it, like you’re supposed to be able to do it. Nobody can do it. It’s impossible. The greatest people in the world can’t do it. So if you’re going to do it, you should first be told: “What you are attempting to do is incredibly difficult. One of the most difficult things there is” (link)

Writing is REALLY FREAKING hard. This is the crux of Seinfeld’s philosophy. It informs everything else. Each one of his strategy’s addresses this fundamental…



Antonio Rengel

Educator and Copywriter Who Writes About Creativity, Marketing, Pop Culture, And Occasionally Mindfulness Meditation