Question: I want to help my Dad capture his stories while we still have time, but he's not a writer. Do you have recommendations for how to get him started?
Answer: Sure! If you're looking for ways to inspire a loved one to start capturing their stories, here are a couple of tricks:
Use a voice-recorder to capture the stories (a phone app will work). Sometimes it is easier to speak rather than write down a story.
Use the surroundings: walk around the house, letting objects spur the memories.
Use story "prompts", like a list of questions you have put together or one like this from StoryCorps.
Use a prompting service like Storyworth which automatically sends a question to their email box every week, sends you a notification, and stores their responses for you!