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set pen to paper

To write or begin to write something, especially on paper. My first advice to anyone struggling with their emotions is keep a small journal and set pen to paper as often as possible. Writers from across the country have been setting pen to paper for the annual nonfiction festival.
See also: paper, pen, set
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We challenge you to set pen to paper and surprise yourself with the quality and usefulness of your own ideas.
Normally I do not respond to reviews, but since I respect Monthly Review so highly - indeed I have published in it - I must say a few words in reply to Victor Wallis's strange and uncomradely discussion of my book After Marxism (MR January 1996) All those of us on the Left who have ever set pen to paper accept the possibility of hostile and uncomprehending readers: it goes with the territory when you attack the dominant ideological conventions and threaten long-established interests.