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What to Use to Record Their Stories ~ Writing with Quill Pens

What to Use to Record Their Stories

Knowing what to use to record a person's story, while not the most obvious, is definitely something you need to know and think about. Deciding which tools you are going to use is dependent on the storyteller's ability and what you actually have access too. This video and article gives a run down of a few of the basic things you can use to record a person's story.

Do you like writing with a quill, you know with like with an ink-pot and a quill pen and with like the big feather, that's totally how you're going to write your mom's legacy story, right? You're going to write it by hand with a little ink blotter and the old paper and the quill pen, right? 

That totally makes a lot of sense. I think it makes sense! I think it would be totally fine! Do you know, I actually do own a quill pen and ink bottle. And I'm pretty sure that doesn't surprise anybody that knows me. If you don't know me yet, that tells you everything you need to know about me. 

I don't really expect you to write it all with a quill pen of course, but it would be fun to see you do it!

Now on to the good stuff. Check out the video for what to use to record their stories!

Short Audio Clip for recording stories in facilities and beyond

As mentioned in the video here is the list of resources… 

How to Record Their Story Resource List


  • Your phone
  • Camcorder
  • Other recording devices
  • Zoom – online platform
  • Any online platform that will record video & audio


  • Your phone
  • Audio recording device
  • Voice recorders
  • Tape recorders


  • Pen and paper
  • Computer
  • Transcripts of audio recordings
    • Rev.com
    • Otter.ai

You can download this list as a PDF here

If you find one you love that isn’t on the list, feel free to make a suggestion to add it. I’ll check it out and add it as I can.

New Ways to do Things

With how fast technology is moving, there is always a new way of doing something, like capturing people’s stories. Over the past few years, I’ve noticed a sharp uptick in the number of businesses being created to help preserve stories. They range from the epically stellar to the questionably relevant and everything in between. 

As the baby boomers age up and as their parents’ age, there was/is/will be a shift in what people are thinking about. What we're looking at and what people are getting excited about is changing due to the influx of people hitting the upper decades. I'm really excited to be a part of that wave of people that are looking into how we can help those people record their life stories and their memories.

Looking for the thing to help you get meaningful conversations started so that you can get on with recording those precious memories?


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