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Managing the list of unfinished stories

For months my brain felt distracted by the list of unfinished stories that are spread across the ‘My Documents’ folder of my laptop.  I couldn’t take it anymore.  This morning I better organized my writing into two folders:

  • Completed
  • Work-In-Progress (WIP)
diary writing by Fredrik Rubensson is licensed under Creative Commons | Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)
diary writing by Fredrik Rubensson is licensed under Creative Commons | Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

I have fourteen unfinished stories in my writing portfolio.  That count excludes a half-dozen, one-sentence descriptions I maintain of future projects.

I can breathe a bit easier now.  I went into this exercise expecting to find about thirty unfinished stories.  I’m not entirely pleased with fourteen, but my next step this week will be to pare that back to a more manageable, single-digit number.

I don’t necessarily want to delete drafted narrative text, but it may come down to that in order to satisfy my mental well-being.  I suppose I will distill the text back down to a one-sentence description and keep that available in my idea file.

Is SEO to blame for the recent trend of poor article substance?

I must have missed the memo informing writers that the tried and true adage, Write what you know was replaced in the last decade by Write to achieve SEO criteria. As a result, readers interested in learning more about a topic unknowingly consume watered-down content that lacks nuance, entertainment factor, and author’s voice in exchange for a few upticks in search engine rank.

Charcoal grill by Joery Bruijntjes is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)
Charcoal grill by Joery Bruijntjes is licensed under Creative Commons | Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

SEO, an acronym for Search Engine Optimization, is basically about crafting a website’s content in a way that emphasizes the subject topic so that it appears higher in a search engine’s results, thereby increasing the probability the content will be found by readers.

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