First post here, I have a question I'm struggling with as I transition into novel writing. In my opening chapters I have been doing my best to 'show not tell' but its hard because I just want to grab my readers and say, "HEY THIS IS WHAT THIS CHARACTER HAS GOING ON". That being said I feel I've been slightly more subtle than that but still it comes off as kind of 'cheating' do you recommend I just back off and take more time with letting my reader get to know the character? I feel like in first person writers often don't have this problem because they can sort of just trail off with their characters inner monologues. Here is a brief example from my second chapter in which I do the sort of narrator interjection I'm talking about: “ Lyle will you need to leave early for the gymnasium?” Ted asked. “No, Sir Garum gave me the whole day off training seeing as I’ve a match with Adam tomorrow to see who’ll get to travel to The Rocks next week for a tournament,” Lyle replied. Ted raised an eyebrow at this, “The Rocks? Why would they send you to those dung holes?” Lyle shrugged, “Garum said an old nobleman there bid highest to host it, wants to see a bit of the games before he croaks or some-it, sounds like he’s built one of the nicer gymnasiums this side of the line if the rumors are true.” Ted nodded, apparently satisfied with the answer, and said, “We’ll have to roast half a boar for you tonight then.” “And a quarter deer,” Lyle shot back with a wide grin. He knew how proud his father was of his training, and still remembered how happy his father had been when he had joined the Gymnasia after he and his brother finished Formal Education at age 11. Since then he had excelled in wrestling and had been able to represent Ensbent in several tournaments held by the Crown in the last couple of years. His swordplay and melee were adequate but he stood a full head taller than his twin brother and a half head taller than his father, neither of whom were short men by any means. His height coupled with his uncommon strength lent itself more towards the physicality needed in wrestling rather than the dexterity needed for the melee.