Client: I want you to write a series of profiles about everyday people for our magazine.
Client: I already have the first assignment. This woman is my manicurist, but she’s fascinating. She went through a long bout of infertility.
Me: Um….okay. If you say there’s a story.
I interview the manicurist and… she’s dull. Her story about her “long bout of infertility” was really “I had a long bout of infertility, and then I didn’t.” I did the best I could and submitted the story.
Client: Why the hell did you write about this woman? She’s completely boring. I don’t think this is going to work going forward.
Me: I think you’re right.