I don’t know about other writers, but I keep about five to ten articles in a “pending articles” folder at all times. The articles I keep there are those that, in my opinion, are not quite ready for primetime yet. A few are ultimately merged in with other articles. About 20% of these articles, however, are eventually deleted and therefore never make it to the light of day to seen by anyone other than me. The remainder are published somewhere (my blog, if nowhere else) sooner or later. Most of the time, this happens sooner rather than later.
Articles in this folder include those that I have just started on, along with those that I’m not quite satisfied with for whatever reason. That reason could be any one or combination of the following: (1) the article’s style needs some work (it’s too simplistic, rambling, repetitious, etc), (2) I’ve not been able to make it say what I want it to say, (3) it’s incoherent or not coherent enough for my standards, (4) there are words that I’m looking for but can’t think of yet, or (5) I have yet to organize it or my thoughts properly.
Do you keep a pending articles folder? If so, what are your reasons for keeping articles in it?