Late to the party here, I know. Regardless, some thoughts...
I am struck by the similar thread of practice or iteration that can be found in both Luker (2008) and Ratto (2011). Luker introduces the idea of thinking through writing, most explicitly in her exercise at the end of Chapter 1. To her, we need to actually write in order to discover elements of what we think (I hope I haven't oversimplified or butchered her thoughts on this!). With Ratto's critical making, the focus is on the insights that come about from making a physical object. I view the practice of writing in the same way as the process of making.
The frustrating thing (for me, anyway) is that I find writing the hardest part of the academic process. I love collecting all the information. I hate writing my findings. Maybe collecting all the information is just procrastination from the actual writing process? Nevertheless, I need to incorporate writing, and the reflection that comes with it, more regularly in my research process.
Luker, K. (2008). Salsa dancing into the social sciences: Research in an age of info-glut. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Ratto, M. (2011). Critical making: Conceptual and material studies in technology and social life. The Information Society, 27, 25-260.