The first stage is that of the hylic or material intellect, a state of mere potentiality, like that of a child for writing, before he has ever put pen to paper.
I put pen to paper for what else can i do?
Composing your vows will be much easier if all of these questions are answered before you ever put pen to paper.
With a love letter you put pen to paper or type up a printable love note, and in the process you can take the time to think about what you really want to convey with honesty and sincerity.
A writing prompt is anything that inspires an author to put pen to paper or, as the case may be, fingers to keyboard, and get footing on a solid road to creativity and production.