Head-y Headcanons

Hello, readers! 

So, headcanons!

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!

5 thoughts on “Head-y Headcanons

  1. Nice! Headcanons are fun, and for people like me who don’t write fanfiction, they’re a nice way to create something within a fandom/universse – even if it’s something small. 🙂

  2. Great post, and thanks for the likes and the watch.

    Also, I’d like to say, headcanons are good, not just for dealing with Writer’s Block, but also as a way to explain without Mr. Exposition just what sort of assumptions you’re making for the sake of the plot.
    Sometimes you can allude to these assumptions in-story without the data dumping, but it can be useful to have a separate document somewhere clarifying certain points… such as my pet theories regarding the Doctor’s age on Doctor Who (including the innocent explanation of “The Doctor lies” or the more sinister possibility of an entity that steals moments in his history so effectively that he doesn’t know those moments ever existed), regeneration limits, origins of the Time Agency, the page I linked you from, and so on.

    Although in some of those cases, I’d only write about the particular idea (e.g. the Time Agency or the page I linked from) for the sake of exploring that headcanon–they have no connections to my primary fics–so I guess that goes right back to the Writer’s Block issue.

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