To provide an author with surprising / interesting stories of historical or noteworthy characters that have a twist to assist with the writing of the first chapter of a book.
Plot Twists from History
Guff has a detailed article on “history’s greatest real life plot twists,” which include a wide selection of historical characters like Julius Caesar, JFK, and Abraham Lincoln, as well as interesting stories like how the man who created Netflix approached Blockbuster with the idea – who promptly told him it had no merit (and Netflix was instrumental in putting the movie chain out of business).
BoredPanda offers a set of six twisty historical tales, including one about the actual first female president of the United States, Edith Wilson.
Factinate has a great article on history’s unexpected plot twists that include stories about everything from crazy government experiments to murders to crafty disguises to untold mysteries.
Noteworthy Characters or Stories with Twists
Brightside offers 11 uplifting stories with interesting plot twists, each anecdotal stories told by their readers. Brightside also offers a collection of “24 funny stories with unexpected endings” that may appeal to readers. Each of these is anecdotal and very short.
Buzzfeed offers a collection of interesting and surprising facts about celebrities, including how Anne Frank would be the same age as Barbara Walters today – and so would MLK Jr had he not been assassinated.
Unbelievable Facts offers a collection of “15 facts about famous people that will inspire you to never give up hope.”
Coburgbanks offers a collection of nine inspirational stories on famous people to motivate readers, including stories about people like Oprah Winfrey, Stephen King, and JK Rowling.
Forbes offer “20 little-known facts about famous entrepreneurs,” like Bill Gates, Harland “Colonel” Sanders, Elon Musk, and Akio Morita.
Interesting Literature with Twists
Owlcation offers a collection of 69 short fiction stories that have surprise twist endings. These include well-known classics like “The Open Window” and newer stories like Shirley Jackson’s “One Ordinary Day, with Peanuts”.
Interesting Stories on Career Changes for Success
The Muse offers an article detailing nine career change stories to inspire those wanting to make a career change.
Mashable offers “5 inspiring lessons from people who drastically changed their careers and found amazing success in doing so.
Uplifting Stories of Famous People Who Turned Their Lives Around
AARP offers compelling stories of “7 famous people who hit bottom – and turned it around,” including stories about Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, and Michael C. Hall.
Global Banking and Finance Review offers “10 inspirational rags to riches celebrity stories” to inspire and motivate people to keep moving forward despite obstacles.
One Example: Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln is an example of a famous historical person who experienced defeats and failures (upon defeats and failures) – and yet still succeeded in becoming president of the United States.
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