TMI: Too Revealing?

Half shy

Last night, my husband made a great point about too much information (TMI). He said, “don’t tell the reader everything about your character.  Half the fun is the mystery, the struggle to guess and the fun discovering and gradually appreciating the characters in your adventure.”

This takes “show, don’t tell” one step further with “reveal, don’t show.”

Hide a little; intrigue the audience.  What do you think the character’s secret might be? How do the other characters’ backgrounds and experiences affect their guesses? And is there a right answer?

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