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This is really going to depend on the details of your story. For conversation's sake, I'm going to assume that the story is about missing funds at a charity. Not because this has anything to do with your story, but because I don't want to try to work around an unknown plot. Let's presume that the kidnappers have just communicated with Matt. He goes to ...


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The bare minimum is not the backstory The bare minimum that you need to show is not the backstory, but whether the MC is convinced about Matt's good character. For instance, Arthur Conan Doyle does that by having Sherlock Holmes explain to Watson why he believes the good nature of the person they just talked to. Quite often the explanation is based on some ...


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Building on Amadeus's answer, what you want to avoid is your character monologuing his backstory. Sometimes, a monologue can be done. If that story is gripping, and the scene is such that it makes sense for one character to be telling a story uninterrupted. For example, if two characters are sitting in a pub, and one recounts this amazing adventure he had. ...


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If your MC is some kind of detective or police officer or whatever, somebody that addresses crime, and Matt is seeking help from them, then you probably have to have Matt explain and prove he is a good guy. The MC is unlikely to just believe whatever Matt says; a detective doesn't live long if they can be so easily convinced of a lie. So your MC is going ...


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