Lisa Genova

Literary Birthday – 22 November – Lisa Genova

Happy Birthday, Lisa Genova, born 22 November 1970.


  1. Be creative, be useful, be practical, be generous and finish big.
  2. The well-being of a neuron depends on its ability to communicate with other neurons. Studies have shown that electrical and chemical stimulation from both a neuron’s inputs and its targets support vital cellular processes. Neurons unable to connect effectively with other neurons atrophy. Useless, an abandoned neuron will die.
  3. Take what you’ve learned and love someone again. Find someone to love and love without condition. This is why we’re all here.
  4. Time’s a funny thing, bending, warping, stretching, and compressing, all depending on perspective.
  5. Don’t aim for perfect. Aim for complete. Perfection is an unattainable illusion.
  6. Just write what’s next. Don’t worry if it doesn’t come out perfect–it won’t.
  7. Play with some ideas since you’re not sure about it. Nothing scary about playing. Playing is fun. Have fun writing this chapter. Don’t be critical of it yet. Don’t worry about what anyone will think about it. Just get the words down.
  8. It’s play. Not work. Try easy. Don’t make it hard and heavy. Tell the reader what you want her to understand. And then you can go to the beach.
  9. You can’t edit nothing. Write something. You can edit something.

Lisa Genova is an American neuroscientist and author. Her debut novel, Still Alice sold more than 2.6 million copies and has been translated into 37 languages. The book was adapted into a film and Julianne Moore won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Alice Howland. Sometimes called the Michael Crichton of brain science, Lisa writes fiction that is equally inspired by neuroscience and the human spirit.

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 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 21st November 2020