: to write or begin to write something
She thought about writing a novel for several years before she finally put pen to paper.
Recent Examples on the Web By the time Meghan Markle set pen to paper, her father had become not just good, but actually great, tabloid fodder. —Guy Martin, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 But earlier in the day, the 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player officially put pen to paper on a deal that will keep him with the Ravens through 2027, ending a standoff that threatened to overshadow a third season. —Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 4 May 2023 Because Brissett signed a three-year deal initially and two calendar years have passed since the deal was agreed to, the 24-year old forward could put pen to paper on a new deal with Indiana before the offseason truly starts. —Tony East, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2023 Ben Platt Speaks Out After First Broadway Performance of Parade Was Met with Antisemitic Protesters While Padilla put pen to paper on their own, bringing the play to life required extra hands, including Tony Award–winning director Rachel Chavkin. —Lizzie Hyman, Peoplemag, 10 Mar. 2023 Italo Calvino was, word for word, the most charming writer to put pen to paper in the twentieth century. —Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 27 Feb. 2023 Kirkland was not the last Oscar hopeful to put pen to paper on behalf of her own prospects. —Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Jan. 2023 Cornerback Cormani McClain was slated to sign with Miami, and has reaffirmed his commitment to the Hurricanes, but has yet to put pen to paper. —Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 17 Jan. 2023 But, like me, not all of her clients are able to put pen to paper. —Ellen O'brien, Outside Online, 25 Oct. 2022 See More
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