If Dan Wrote Fiction, We’d All Be Out of Business

Dan Neil is the car reviewer for the WALL STREET JOURNAL. He is one of the best writers alive, in my view.  His prose soars, swoops, and puts you there…wherever there is.  A racetrack in Germany, the Autobahn, the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach.

I’ve never been interested in torque, horsepower, or wind resistance, but Dan makes these interesting.  He’s a genius at depicting sensation when he loves a car. And when he hates a car, you’d better not have liquid in your mouth because he’s so hilarious, you’ll either spit it out or snort it up your nose with laughter.

Here’s what we other writers can learn from him:

1. Description without superfluous adverbs or adjectives

2. Simile and metaphor without clichés.

3. Depiction of sensation — the man transports the reader.

Here’s a link to his review of a Honda hybrid.


But if you’re a writer, you should see his review of the Aston Martin Vanquish.  Is this guy great or what?  If he wrote romance, the competition would be in big trouble.


2 thoughts on “If Dan Wrote Fiction, We’d All Be Out of Business

  1. Dan Neil

    Hey, Nicole, that’s so nice of you to say! I work hard to make the writing good. Thank you for being an appreciative audience. All best, Dan

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