Writing about qualitative data
Writing is at the heart of the research process. For many people discovery occurs in writing as much as it does during the tasks of data analysis. Writing is not simply about transferring 'results' to a written page. Writing is as much about creating 'results' as it is about reporting them. In the hermeneutic circle described in Chapter 1, I pointed out that data collection and analysis informs the development of new theory and interpretation. Writing is part of the interpretive process through which the theoretical implications of data collection and data analysis are worked out more fully, though never completely.