First offs: what are headcanons?
Well, according to Urban Dictionary, headcanons are:
“An idea, belief, or aspect of a story that is not mentioned in the media itself, but is accepted by either the reader themselves or the fandom in general. If it is confirmed by the author of the story, it becomes canon.”
So, basically, a headcanon is a little thing that fans make up.
“But, why are you making a post about this?” Because, my friend, of the deadly disease of the writer: writer’s block.
If you’re suffering from writer’s block, why not write a few headcanons? They aren’t long enough to make a story, but they aren’t short enough to make them impossible. Furthermore, if they’re about your own characters, then guess what: you can make them canon!
I often say that you should try and write something every single damn day – so, if you don’t want to add a bit more to your story because you’re so tired, or you can’t bear to start a new one/start editing just yet, then why not make up a few little headcanons?
“But how do you write a headcanon?”
Well, have a look around you. Think up something completely random! Maybe it’s something like “____ loves the colour blue.” Really, it can be about anything! It doesn’t have to be perfect, remember – not all headcanons are. They just add in extra information about the book or thing you’re writing about.
Does that persuade you to write a headcanon/inform you about it? I hope so! Any questions? Shoot!
Oh, and also: ‘headcanon’ can be abbreviated to ‘HC’ – just something to watch out for!