Each writer has a different method of writing. My method of writing entails three stages. First, I research and try to find interesting topics. Second, once I find a topic that interests me I look to formulate a thesis. Third, after the thesis, I create an outline with additional research. Finally, I begin writing the paper. I should note that there are many drafts.
When I teach writing, I emphasize these points. I ask students to think of topics that interest them as they read and discuss matters in class. Then I ask them to find a thesis. I spend a lot of time on this part, because the writing of the thesis is the most important part of the paper. A poor thesis will make the whole paper poor. An excellent thesis is the foundation of an excellent paper. After this point, I ask them to persuade people why they believe that their thesis is correct. I ask them to picture themselves as lawyers who are seeking to prove a point.
I also teach students the importance of rough drafts. In fact, I have students write several drafts. Revisions make the paper even better and in the end make a final product.