I think in metaphors. I’m learning this is perhaps not what everyone does.
Robb used to say to me, in moments of my melodrama about this or that, “Tricia, I need you to speak in concrete language, please. Tell me what is really the problem, not what it could be, what color it is, what it looks like, or what you would ‘liken it’ to.”
I also think and speak in bullet points (not alliterated, though, since that’s annoying), paragraphs (“Just let me finish this paragraph, before you interrupt me.”), and parentheses (“Parenthetically, let me add this one thing.).
The perils of relationship with a writer.
Enter with care. You may need your own glossary of terms.
(But it can be pretty magical, too. If I do say so.)