"This is the story that never ends. Yes, it goes on and on, my friends. Some people started reading it, not knowing what it was, and they'll continue reading it forever, just because..."
I get it. You're writing fanfic, natural rules do not apply, blah blah blah.
But maybe there comes a point when you need to be honest with your readers and say: "I have no idea where this is going. I've written myself into a corner, so here's 100,000 words about the MCs new cat, Devilicus."
Or how about: "This story is 20% awesome plot, dialogue, and characterization. The rest is me detailing every second of their lives in excruciating detail for no other reason than that you're going to read it and love
it. Oh, and by the way, every third 'update' is just a random scene apparently taken from some different story. Sorry?"
Look, I love epic fics. When I'm searching a fandom I sort by COMPLETE and WORD COUNT just to enjoy the meaty, plotty goodness of a long story.
But when your WIP fic is 700,000+ words and turns to total crap when I'm 400,000 words in? We've got a problem.
I feel like I've been tricked. Especially when your spot on characterizations go zinging off into the wilds of OOCness (out-of-character) and this thought provoking and engaging story turns into baby babbling crack.
You're churning out a crap story, yet you expect me to keep reading it? You seriously think I'm going to praise you? Really?
There's an epic story, then there's "This ficcer loves their baby too much to let it go and introduces drama and surprise twists just so they don't have to shut up."
I'm not saying you need to study three-act structure or take a creative writing class. It's just, dude, OUTLINE
. That's all. Even just jotting down some plot points and...