This question came from the priority request queue for my Patreon patrons. Thanks for your support, letter writer! Dear Story Nurse, I'm doing the pre-work/planning/worldbuilding for a novel I'm super excited about. I've already written one of the scenes that first showed up in my head and gave me the idea for this story, because I … Continue reading #125: Developing a Secondary Character Within First-Person POV
One of the keys to making any narration style work is a firm sense of who's telling the story.
In first-person POV, it's challenging to convey who's speaking without a clunky or clichéd paragraph of self-description.
The question underneath your question is: "Am I allowed as a commercial writer to do the thing I want to do as an artist?"
Lots of things happen that characters don't know about, or only hear about. That's part of life, and is perfectly fine to include in fiction. Instead of trying to fix it, have your characters react to it.