I've run into another slight snag in the story I'm writing, and could use some advice on the matter. One of the main characters starts out in their everyday life, as is often the case before 'it' hits the fan. Here's the thing, this character also starts out very average. Woman in her late 30s, divorced, dead-end job. While things do change later on, when her part of the story begins, she's literally a face in the crowd, someone you wouldn't think much about if you passed them on the street. The problem I have is writing about what happens before things get exciting. Basically her going about her normal life. The thing is I'm not sure how much to write, how much to detail, and so on. The reason being is that after she becomes involved in the plot there's a large setting shift where 'life problems' are really irrelevant as she's trying not to get killed by a lot of hostiles. Normal life to avoid the psycho bad guys type of thing. I know they say you're suppose to set things up in the calm before the storm, but the thing is her involvement in the plot comes out of left field. Normal life, doing normal stuff, normal problems, wham, bang, explosions, screams, wtf just happened? I guess what I'm saying in a nutshell is that before becoming embroiled in events, nothing in her life or surrounding it directly involve the plot. Therefore I'm not sure what to write about. Do I just have her going about life for a bit then throw her into the frying pan early on, or wait it out for a while?