by Ernie Schenck

Ernie Schenck extolls the creative benefits of overthinking.

“I can’t help but think,” Park would say during taekwondo. “I can’t turn off my brain.” —Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

We’ve all heard the stories. The novel that was turned down by 31 publishers before Little, Brown and Company bought it and its author, James Patterson, went on to become fabulously success­ful. The screenplay about an archaeologist looking for a lost religious relic in World War II that nobody in Hollywood wanted anything to do with until…

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