I've written my first chapter, of my first draft, of my first novel. 3000 words in counting (It's a fantasy story by the way). It starts with the mass genocide of a religious group. The country decreeing this is also taking action against outlaws, pirates and "traitors" by throwing them into abandoned holds and monitoring them. Yes this is supposed to mirror the Holocaust to a degree. My protagonist is a pirate. He was extremely self destructive growing up and left his family in a time of need (I'm also trying to mirror this to drug abusers to give it a sort of dark edge). His guilt has caught up with him in later life now that he has decided on the path of self recovery (abandoning the outlaw life to return home). My worry is my fist chapter is too plot driven as opposed to character driven. Explaining the events of him witnessing the executions and then being caught and taken to one of the holds. I never touch on his passions or interests. I only touch on his guilt and his road to self improvement very briefly. He develops a little in this chapter by having words of encouragement on his path to self improvement, making him slightly more pro active in it (though his despair at being in the camps will probably over power that next chapter) though I never say that, I only make a mental note that he's encouraged. I worry that I'm focusing too much on Show don't Tell and in doing so I'm not telling enough about the character. Am I showing enough character by touching ever so slightly on his guilt and desire of self improvement or do I need to spill more beans to make him engaging from the get go? Also any problems with my story idea would be welcome. This is the first thing I've started to write though so let me down gently please!