Creative Writing Challenge #27: The Schism

Oct 25, 2017
Greater Seattle Area

Theme: The Schism

Merriam-Webster said:
\ ˈsi-zəm , ˈski- also ˈshi-; among clergy usually ˈsi- \
Definition of schism

1: DIVISION, SEPARATION also : DISCORD, DISHARMONY a schism between political parties
2a: formal division in or separation from a church or religious body
b: the offense of promoting schism
Word Limit: 2500

Submission Deadline: Friday, February 22nd by 11:59 PM Pacific.

Voting begins Saturday, February 23rd, and goes until Monday, February 25th at 11:59 PM Pacific.

Optional Secondary Objective: Anonymous Challenge -- Alright, we haven't had one of these in forever, but it used to be an annual staple of the CWC threads. Remember this is *optional* and you do not have to do this if you do not want. But if you do want in, instead of posting your story in the thread, send it to me via PM. I will standardize the formatting and post the entries, and then we can see if we can guess who wrote what!

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Oct 25, 2017
omg so in for anon writing.

Think I already have my idea down between two things. Go for something loving and happy again or do something out of my comfort zone. Shivering in fear.
Oct 25, 2017
That picture is great--who painted it? This will be a fun one. I hope I have time to write one this time. I'm still trying to work on an idea I came up for a previous challenge but didn't finish.

It's fun to try and guess who wrote what in the anon challenge.
Oct 25, 2017
Oh fun. Glad Mike's doing the anon challenge cause that was probs going to be my next secondary. Anyways I'm glad to be on the guessing side this time.
Note about deadlines
Oct 25, 2017
Greater Seattle Area
Going to throw this out there, but I am going to be a bit of a stickler for the deadline since I still need time to format entries and get them up in a reasonable amount of time. If you get it in before I wake up the morning of the 23rd, you are in.

Just remember, this is fucking merciful from me, as I have been known to incorporate mandatory deadlines into the theme.
Oct 25, 2017
Just a heads up this Sunday (today? however time works) we'll have our usual writing hangout over the writingera discord server at 4pm Est where you can chat with me and Nezumi for two hours and also hopefully get some writing done. The format is ten minutes of chit chat, half an hour of writing, rinse and repeat for two hours.

Only in the hangout will I give hints at what my story will be, get a heads up on my sweet secondary when I end up slamming this story through the fucking hoop, and also about how I'm totally a master chef or something. Be there or be square.
Oct 25, 2017
Hangout is live! If you have any trouble with the discord link just let me know and I'll shoot you a link too.

Our format is two hours with ten minutes of chit chat followed by half an hour of silent writing. Rinse and repeat. It's a good time to be productive. We do it in the writing era's discord voice channel for it. Be there or be square. Or a circle. Or a triangle. I don't know, I'm not the shape police.
Oct 25, 2017
Wrapping up my rough draft on this snowy presidents day. I like this story. Though anyone who pays attention to what I've been playing this last week on the discord will know instantly which story is mine.
Oct 25, 2017
Wrapping up my rough draft on this snowy presidents day. I like this story. Though anyone who pays attention to what I've been playing this last week on the discord will know instantly which story is mine.
it's not fair for those who aren't on discord.
you should just let people know the secret game you have been playing...


This isn't what flowers has been playing but oddly enough it's not the worst game ever lol