Introduction to Campfire

What is Campfire?

Campfire is a story planning and outlining tool. Its mission is to serve as the perfect companion of a word processor. Writers start their stories in Campfire and use it to develop each story’s characters, plot, and world. Then, they do the actual writing in their word processor of choice, all while referring to the work they did in our software.

That said, Campfire is not a word processor. It doesn’t format e-books, it doesn’t have spell-check, and it shouldn’t contain drafts of your written works. It also isn’t a research tool (Google and your local library tend to be better for that). Finally, Campfire has no cloud component and no way to collaborate with other writers – it’s meant for individual use.

Ideal setup with Campfire and your favorite word processor

Campfire’s Structure

Campfire is divided into seven main views – Title Page, Characters, Character Arcs, Relationships, Timeline, World, and Encyclopedia. The Title Page contains basic information about your Story, like name, author, and genre. The Characters section houses your characters, and features a fully customizable corkboard for each. The Character Arcs view provides a way of analyzing how each story event affects each character’s arc. The Relationships section allows you to map out in flowchart form all the relationships and interactions between your characters. The Timeline provides a birds-eye view of your Story’s plot. The World allows you to add locations with language, culture, politics, etc. and pin them to maps. Finally, the Encyclopedia provides a general-purpose space for information other than characters, events, and locations, such as magic systems, important objects, or mythological creatures.

​It’s easy to navigate between Campfire’s five views using the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl + Left Arrow to switch views to the left and Ctrl + Right Arrow to switch views to the right. For example, Ctrl + Right Arrow would change the view from Timeline to World, or World to Encyclopedia, etc.