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Sometimes I have to allow myself to consciously insert a metaphor so that the sentence makes sense or so that meaning and colour is added to it. I sometimes use metaphors because I feel the need to aid my audience’s understanding of what I’m trying to say. This change in me also reflects a change in my attitude to the participants in my research. I have come to realise how valuable they are to me. Without them I would have no data to analyse, but I now see them as people rather than just sources of data.

Completing the finished cloth Even when all the raw materials have been fed into the finished cloth the job is not finished. The ends of the warp threads must be tied off, so that the cloth does not fall to pieces when it is taken off the loom. Any loose ends of threads have to be tidied up so that the finished cloth has a smooth appearanct. Any loose ends must be either removed or sewn into the rest of the materiale. The final tidying up is as important as any other stage in weaving the finished cloth because it will affect its appearance and durability.

If that suits your way of thinking then go ahead. I’ve just described the ones that I find useful. You might like something different. 31 Rod Pitcher Writing a Thesis is Like Weaving on a Loom Writing a thesis is like weaving on a loom. The balls of wool and other material available are the data gathered from the literature, the research and thinking about the topic. The finished material is the thesis. The mechanics of weaving the material are like the processes of putting the thesis together.

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