The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

Get in touch

Give me a friendly shout about your evil plans to take over the literary world — or to talk smack about writing, editing and movies.

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This is Guy Bergstrom the writer, not the Guy Bergstrom in Stockholm or the guy in Minnesota who sells real estate or whatever. Separate guys. Kthxbai.

Guy Bergstrom. Photo by Suhyoon Cho.

Reformed journalist. Scribbler of speeches and whatnot. Wrote a thriller that won some award (PNWA 2013). Represented by Jill Marr of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

10 comments on “Get in touch

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  3. Hey!
    I am incredibly sorry my thanks and welcome are very over due! You were my first follow even before my mother! haha I also want to say it is a joy to discover your blog! The name alone brought a smile… I hate that pen… still do no matter what color…


  4. Luey A.
    April 4, 2014

    Guy if you haven’t already read Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, or if you have but it has been a few years, I would highly recommend it! It’s an epic story worthy of your ten days laying low to heal after your surgery.


  5. L. R. Laverde-Hansen
    March 13, 2014

    So glad SOMEONE at last spoke out against Gertrude Stein! Somehow the Academic/Literary world stopped judging writers based exclusively (or at least primarily) on the merits of their writings. Now we have “fashionable” writers who are lauded due to their identities, or due to their fortunate connections to a specific movement or time in history. Clearly Gertrude Stein is very fashionable today. It’s a shame, for it overshadows her just reputation as a champion of the Early Moderns.
    Anyway I write as well. My most important poem below. It’s not fashionable, but I’m proud of it. By the way, my pen name is my Twitter handle. Peace.,-2001/4c9f67u7/


  6. Diane Jortner
    January 10, 2014

    Just found you. So glad I did. I expect to go back and read all your posts over the next few weeks.
    I am tired of being an underpaid adjunct and have started (page 160) my first novel. After 18 years of editing my students, it is my time.


  7. Phyllis Jean Green
    July 7, 2013

    How could you not like Gertrude Stein’s, er, ah, writing? She was a veritable font of, of, of, fontness.

    [Just goes t’show what dough, hype, and connections can do. I mean, r e a l l y. WHAT WRITING??]

    New Admirer
    Charter Member of Late Night Procrastinators, Ink [sic]
    & former member of On & On Anon [claimed I overdone ‘er]


  8. Ron Herron
    May 23, 2013

    I just found your incredible blog and mentioned you to my own followers.


  9. emptydoll
    April 4, 2013

    I like packets better than tubes, it’s more accurate and interesting sounding. Tubes is from that popular book isn’t it. I don’t like this, what I just wrote, so feel free to delete it. I ‘m trying to find my way back out of your blog, I got lost in the tubes, packets or whatever they are. I don’t like either of those now. I actually got lost in a bead shop in NYC one day while I was wandering around the streets with Google Maps and it wouldn’t let me out of the shop. It even had the arrows on the floor inside the store so I could browse and shop. I was finally released. I didn’t buy anything. But these things happen…


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