If asked what it is I want to accomplish with my writing, I would have to sum it by saying that my goal is to make people feel something. That being said, I’ve got one quote in particular from author, David Foster Wallace, that says it so much better:
“We all suffer alone in the real world; true empathy’s impossible. But if a piece of fiction can allow us to imaginatively identify with a character’s pain, we might then also more easily conceive of others identifying with our own. This is nourishing, redemptive; we become less alone inside.” (qtd in Charters 1048)
I know that writing is therapeutic for me, almost as much as listening to my favorite songs, with the only difference being that those songs make me feel something, while my writing is my way of putting that feeling into words. So, I tend to write for my heart and then worry about revising it to suit the audience expectations of my genre. To do it any other way would render a work that lacks feeling –
Charters, Ann. “Appendix Two: The Elements of Fiction.” The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction. MA: Bedford/St. Martins. 2015. pp. 1048.