1.Your character walks into a room full of people. See it as if watching through a camera lens.
2.Your character notices a person that she doesn't want to talk to. Notice that person and have a memory about that person.
3.The character thoughts returns to the room, focuses on some detail of it, and takes an action.
My character goes outside instead of coming in. She notices the people around her and notices the heat. And she sees her mom's sad face through a bus window and turns away from it. But she decides to take action. Which is introducing the end--things can look up from this. I breath a sigh of relief.
Where does Jane Austen come in.
I just started reading Falling Boy by Alison McGhee. So far I like a lot.