I also like to create wiki-links as I go, and don’t want to interrupt my writing by following those rabbit trails right away. I just discovered that by enabling the Preview Mode plugin, I can do a quick sweep of the wiki-links in a note (
ctrl + mouseover) when I’m done. If it’s an orphan link, I’ll see an “xyz has not been created yet. Click to create.”
I may click to create but not have time then and there to flesh it out. To prevent blank and incomplete notes from cluttering up my zettelkasten, I’ve changed the File settings so that new notes appear in a folder labeled “Inbox.” Having them clearly marked makes it easier to come back to and clean up or delete them. Once the notes are complete enough that they’ll make sense to me a month from now, they graduate to my Permanent Notes folder.
If I were you, I’d use preview mode to
hunt down your orphans find good homes for the orphans a few at a time, rather than a bulk script. Filling in your glossary will be more beneficial when you see the word in context, and will be less demoralizing seeing 100 blank notes appear in your inbox!
As an aside, maybe orphan isn’t the right term. These notes have parents, but they haven’t been born yet. Embryonic notes… Seeds of an idea…