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I am writing my story in the first person. When the main character is talking about her parents, should I use "my dad" or is it OK to just use "Dad?" Or can I switch back and forth? Simplified example: "I asked Dad what he wanted for dinner" or "I asked my dad what he wanted for dinner." It seems to be OK in the story to use "Dad" except that I'm not sure about this when there other characters. Example: "John looked at Dad with fear the first time they met" or John looked at my dad with fear..."
There are often multiple characters in the scene with the the main character's character when her parents are there and she has a running internal dialogue as well.  

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Hello Lisa,

If you are writing a scene in which there is only one dad, you can introduce him as "my dad".  Then only use Dad. But if there are two dads present, you must either use proper names or "my dad."  In order to avoid abuse of a word, using it too many times, you might alternate with "father".

Happy writing,
Dorothy

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Dorothy K Morris

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I can answer questions about writing fiction, creating characters and re-writing. I cannot answer homework questions.

Experience

I am a published author of nine novels in The Mockingbird Hill Series.

Organizations
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, NSDAR

Publications
NOVELS in the MOCKINGBIRD HILL SERIES: SECRET SINS OF THE MOTHERS, COYOTES OF CREEK CROSSING, THE EIGHTH EVIL, THE TIME IN BETWEEN, DIRTY RICE, TALLY'S NOOK, FROM THE FAR PLACES, NATURE OF THE BEAST, (THE RANKS OF THE INSANE (to come out summer 2016))

Education/Credentials
Studied writing at at American University in DC

Awards and Honors
Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in The World, Who's Who in America.

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