A Peek Inside Max Lucado’s Writing Process

Writing is lonely but fascinating work. That’s why I love talking to other writers, especially accomplished ones like my good friend, Max Lucado. I had the privilege of being his publisher for many years.

As you probably know, Max is the author of almost 100 books with more than 80 million copies in print. There are probably less than five authors in the world who are that prolific—or that successful. It’s mind-boggling.

A while back I had the opportunity to sit down with Max and talk about his writing process. In this five-minute interview, he shares:

  • His two biggest fears as a writer.
  • Why he dreads the editing process—but is ultimately grateful for it.
  • How he discovers new insights about his topic in the process of writing.
  • What it’s like to enjoy a “good writing day” when the words flow and his fingers dance on the keyboard.
  • The writing quote he has hanging in his office. (It contains the secret for overcoming distraction and making progress as a writer.)
  • How he balances creating new content with building his platform.
  • The one thing he finds more even scary than criticism.

If you enjoyed this interview, you’ll want to check out Max’s newest book, You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times (Thomas Nelson, 2013). He uses the story of the Jewish Patriarch Joseph to demonstrate that God is with us, even in the most difficult experiences of life.

Question: What did Max say that resonated with you the most?