Because I read this in my pregnancy book, I now imagine talking to Baby G all the time. Sometimes I picture Baby G as a toddler and, as I go about my day, I wonder what Baby G would ask me--and what I would say--about everything going on.
Coincidentally, this time also happens to be when I am supposed to be delving back into my manuscript rewrites. I also have one or two smaller writing side projects I want to do.
But it's difficult to start again. I feel confused, uncertain about the direction of my writing and what I want to say, exactly.
Sometimes I imagine explaining what I'm writing to Baby G. Sometimes this helps. Summarizing my ideas in three-year-old language is amazingly clarifying. It forces me to think much deeper about certain subjects than I normally would. Sometimes, it's much harder (yet so much more useful) to state something simply than to give a detailed explanation.
So, parents of children old enough to understand English and actually converse with you: Has explaining something to your child ever given you a deeper insight or forced you to think more consciously about something you've taken for granted?
Do you talk to your kids about your writing in ways they can understand? Does it help you clarify things for yourself? Do their reactions ever make you rethink your direction?
I'm curious... :)