I'm half-way through my WIP and I've been reading over what I've written and realized I've been woefully skimpy on my two mc's backstories and information. The kind of stuff that I know in my head but haven't done the best job to inform the reader. There are several ways of going about it that I've noticed through reading - keep dropping nuggets till they all build up, let the reader interpret the scene, flat out tell the reader when the character appears - ala a multicharacter story like Harold Robbins where you learn Henry Hotchkiss runs an ice cream corporation, has a bad comb-over, suspects his wife is sleeping with his partner and he's lactose intolerant and after a paragraph or so of that the scene resumes. Or like Nabokov or Joy Fielding - intrigue the reader with a teaser and then do a few pages of backstory. Whatever I'm doing - probably the nugget technique - it's flopping big time. So what's your technique? - how do you get comfortable releasing the basics? Also as a reader what do you want to learn about the character in the first chapter?