In my humble opinion, the best visual art presents us with a heightened perception of reality that elicits in its viewing a wide and enhanced emotional palette. It is not merely a representation of a flower, but the emotion and sensation of being in a garden on a summer day with the one you love, a sense of melancholy, or any of the emotions the artist chooses to evoke or that come to the viewer.
Good writing is similar. It offers not a precise representation of life, but one that is alternately heightened and authentic. Whether it is fiction or narrative nonfiction, the intent is to draw the reader in and play on their empathy and sympathy as you create authentic/heightened characters and situations within which they come into conflict or fall in love or engage in some narrative arc and story.
The point: You are an artist so be and think like an artist.
The slideshow below attempts to demonstrate what I'm saying. These are beautiful paintings not because they precisely capture an image, but because they render an emotional quality to the scene or object. Think of what the artist is doing with paint and think about how you can translate that with words [Special thanks to Lovely Reveries].