When I was thinking about how I learned to write, the first thing that came to my mind was learning cursive. I don't really remember that much about learning how to write print. I remember writing lots and lots of worksheets. Writing the cursive letters over and over again until I had it right. I remember writing out sentences and using cursive to write my name. I remember learning that it was important to write your name in cursive because that was called a signature.
When it came time learning to write stories, I remember learning to draw a picture first, and then start to write the story. I remember I had a hard time starting to write because I was and still am a horrible speller! I can recall having a picture making it easier to think of things to say. These struggles might have been overcome by being told that spelling didn't matter, it was more important to get the ideas out.