If you start with the Write Attitudes, writing will feel less like work. The first attitude, "Curious Engagement" helps a student to commit to writing, discover themes, and explore topics. He must take an interest in and be personally involved in learning. He finds themes that touch his pre-existing beliefs about the world, thinks about who to share his topic with, and works to eliminate unrelated arguments or lines of thinking. When personal conviction, consideration of audience, and clarification of topic come together, he has a sense of purpose. In other words, if the student begins with an open-ended attitude of curious engagement, he will progress to some preliminary ideas about why, for whom, and what he will write. So let's start embracing curiousity, already!
Discover themes, explore topics, and commit!
Consider new ways of being and thinking!
Adapt to novel situations and think of new ideas!