I know there is the saying, "show don't tell," but I've been writing my story and I've been in a pattern with introducing new characters. I'll introduce someone for the first time, or am bringing them back in, and I'll go on a narrative about a story in their past about them that helps explain their character. Like, for example, instead of saying he was nice, I'll write a paragraph or two or three about how he went an hour out of his way to get a loaf of bread for his grandmother. It's not part of the plot or even what's going on with the story at that moment but is just to explain character. I'll do this often with all the characters and I'm wondering if it's just too much of a detachment for the reader from the current events to read it. I think it's important though because now when Geoffrey is doing something, he's not just a blank page but now a person you know who didn't cry when his mom died and that he liked to cut chicken's heads off. See? I wrote that even though it's not relevant to the current plot or events but is just the past to explain his personality and character and that he's kind of psychopathic. But I go a page and a half on it. I'm thinking of watching a film or a tv show and I know that they don't go into these kind of things and so, I'm wondering, is it just a quality that only writers can have to go this deep into a person? Television and film don't show these parts of the books and so I'm wondering if it is even necessary. I'm definitely going to be mentioning his chicken thing and his mother thing by another character later in the book but I don't want to wait till then to reveal it. I think it explains a lot about him. I guess I'm just really new to writing and want to know the "do's" and "don'ts."