I'll develop this in greater depth when I get that ms edited for that stern taskmaster Theresa....
But I want to explore and ask you how you determine what comes first in a sequence of experience for the character.
Like action before reaction, okay, usually. But what about perception and then realization (that is, 1) My face burned. 2) I realized I'd been insulted.
What about thought and speech?
More later-- just jotting this down so I'll remember. But if you happen to have a handy paragraph that has action, reaction, perception, thought, emotion, etc., maybe post in comments so we'll have a sample or two. That is, a paragraph that has several -things- in there, like speech and action and emotion and thought and all that good stuff.
Not that there's any rule (though I've heard rules), but rather let's look at a couple of sequences and see how the order might be affected by context.
(T, I vaguely remembering one of our infrequent disagreements -- pre semicolon-- was about whether dialogue paragraphs should end -- in the main-- on the speech or the action.)