While many writing books attempt to defeat creative resistance, Deb Norton’s Part Wild aims to harness its enormous power to electrify the creative process. This book presents resistance in all its forms and then offers specifically targeted exercises to transform it from a block to a booster. Drawn from her wildly popular writing workshops, years of midwifing the creations of others and her own hair-raising expeditions into the creative realm, Deb’s book is a hilarious and heroic workout for the creative mind.
Norton has turned a decade of sold-out writing retreats and private coaching into a process for powering up creative ideas. In Part Wild, she shares dozens of illuminating and effective practices and quick-start prompts that are guaranteed to get us out of our heads and onto the page. Just as The Artist’s Way gave millions of readers permission to explore their creative side, Part Wild shows writers of all levels of experience and skill how to harness the electrifying power of resistance and get writing.
We all have the call to create. The question is…why don’t we answer it? We all come pre-loaded with a creative spark that drives us to innovate, explore, express, and make our unique contribution to the world. Often, though, that drive doesn’t get us very far down the road before it runs right smack into resistance—the mysterious force that thwarts creativity. But resistance needn’t be the enemy of writing—or any other creative endeavor. Deb Norton’s Part Wild provides fun and practical ways to turn resistance into a creative asset.
Deb Norton is a writer, actress, teacher and the former Artistic Director of Theater 150 in Ojai, California. After attending the graduate program at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, she spent an eventful ten years dutifully pursuing her acting career before her desire for a deeper connection to story was awakened and she began to pen her own plays. Deb began helping other artists overcome creative resistance when she realized that her theater experience led to an unconventionally holistic approach to writing and teaching. She leads workshops internationally and is a master teacher at Hedgebrook Women’s Retreat.
“Writers, you’ve got a new BFF—Deb Norton! Read her book and do what she says; you will not have writer’s block again. Seriously.”
— Ellen Sandler, former Co-Exec-Prod./Writer for Everybody Loves Raymond, Author of The TV Writer’s Workbook
“Deb Norton’s writing is infused withso much heart and compassion and her unique sense of humor and curiosity is infectious! This book inspired me to PLUNGE!”
— Didi Conn, Actress, Playwright
“When you get stuck in your writing—and I’d give a 99.9% for sure guarantee that you will—take hope. Somewhere in Part Wild you will find just the right suggestion to get you moving. Deb Norton is the highest leaping cheerleader a writer could wish for!”
— Nina Rothschild Utne, Activist & Cofounder, Utne Reader, Cofounder Lily Springs Farms
“Deb Norton’s Part Wild provides insightful tools to unleash your writing’s full potential and unlock the infamous writer’s block.”
— Marisha Mukerjee, TV Writer, Heroes Reborn, The Bridge