When I first started writing, at a fairly young age, it was in large part because I loved the way a good song lyric, poems, or stories can move the emotions of others. I still love that aspect of it. It doesn't matter what emotion because something special happens by causing an emotional reaction. It's a connection with someone else if only for a moment.
Then I discovered that poetry especially is a good outlet for emotions and thoughts. It is also a way to share specific messages with others. I never shared it much until HubPages, though. Here, I learned that what I also like about poetry is that it allows people to interpret according to their own feelings and perspective, kind of like song lyrics.
As for writing stories, I have started one because the subject is personal to me even though the novel itself has fictional characters. Others are just ideas that I feel can be turned into something meaningful, entertaining, or both.
Since I have started sharing, my Hope is that maybe my writing can somehow make a positive impact on a few people the way some writers have made a lasting positive impression on me.