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Guest Post: Nicole Helm’s Favorite Places to Write

Outlaw Cowboy Nicole Helm

When I sit down to write, I have to do it in my house. I would love to work outside on a nice day, or in coffee shops, libraries, museums—but I am far, far, far too distracted by people watching. So, because it produces the most words, home is my favorite place to sit down and write.

At home, there are two places I write that fulfill two different needs for me. I love them both for different reasons, and they both function in different ways. I’m not sure I could pick one place, because I write at random times, whenever I can squish in a few minutes, so even if I had a dedicated office room, I’m not sure I’d stay in one place.

But, I have two main places in my house that I go to work when I know I have to work.

We’ll call the first one: Fancy Pants Author Desk.

Writing Place PIc 1

This is my desk. It’s almost always very organized and clean, and it’s in the little bay window area in my dining room so I get lots of great light, and I can look outside and see the blue sky. All my calendars are here, my pens and papers and desk-y stuff. When I’m just starting a book, or trying to plot, or focus on things that are more work-related than writing-related (blog posts, copy edits, less story telling things), this is where I tend to work. (Bonus Points: very close to the kitchen).

I always feel very put together when I sit down to work at my desk, so it’s a great place to work when that’s what I need to do. Plus, it has some nice personal knick-knacks, the llama a friend of mine gave me when I sold the Big Sky Cowboys series (if you’ve read Rebel Cowboy, you know why), a picture of my late grandmother and myself when I was a kid. It’s a nice balanced kind of space.

The second place I write is more for when I am in the crazy, lost-in-a-world, write-like-a-maniac, IN THE ZONE space. So, we’ll call it: Creative Maniac Desk.

Spoiler Alert: not a desk. Bed. Sweet, cozy bed. (PS—this picture is one hundred percent staged. My bed is never made and I have completely cropped out the disastrous mess around the bed.)

Writing PLace Pic 2

There are a few things that travel along with me wherever I write. Candy, obviously, is the most important writing fuel. I’ve started plotting on a white board—since I change my plot so much as I write it’s easier to just erase the different direction I’ve gone off in then rewrite my whole outline. I also carry around my clipboard that contains maps/written notes/little details about the series I’m writing as a whole, which makes it easy to switch from desk to bed and back again.

In the end, I could write anywhere if I had to (I’ve found a certain proficiency in tuning out my children and husband), but these two places are where most of the ‘magic’ happens.


About Outlaw Cowboy

Big Sky Trouble

Ever since his father’s accident, Caleb Shaw vowed he’d mend his wild ways, and he means to keep his word. He’s a changed man. A better man. And he knows he should want absolutely nothing to do with his crazy old life…or the maddening temptation that is Delia Rogers.

Because Delia? Is nothing but trouble.

Delia’s been stealing her sisters away from their violent father ever since she was old enough to fight back. But now with the police on her trail and all her bridges burned, there’s nowhere left to run but back into the arms of the one cowboy she knows she shouldn’t need. Caleb has always been too good for her, no matter how bad he claimed to be. Yet when close quarters turn into something more, Delia and Caleb are forced to decide what really matters: mending their reputations or healing their wary hearts…


Nicole Helm writes down-to-earth contemporary romance specializing in people who don’t live close enough to neighbors for them to be a problem. When she’s not writing, she spends her time dreaming about someday owning a barn. She lives with her husband and two young sons in O’Fallon, Missouri.

 Visit Nicole’s website for more down-to-earth contemporary romance!

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