I hate writing blurbs. I hate writing summaries. Blurbs and summaries are like the Muzak of the fiction world. They take a (hopefully) vibrant, living story and wring out every last bit of life and color from them to create a sad approximation of a plot.
When I have to write a blurb or summary, I always end up feeling like my story is the saddest, most derivative, least original thing ever written.
So my questions today: How do you feel about summaries and blurbs? How do you write your own? What makes a good blurb, and how do you write them for different purposes?