Let's face it, you've seen at least a few fanfics that are amazing, but are {{dead|Fic}} or have updates that become more and more infrequent as time passes. The reason for this is pretty simple: Fanfiction writers have no incentive to work beyond their own personal enjoyment. There is no reason for them to keep writing if they lose that enjoyment or no longer have the inspiration or free time to work on it.

* The fanfic ''Fanfic/TailsOfTheOldRepublic'', a crossover/ FusionFic between ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' and the videogame ''Franchise/StarWars: VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' never really had a regular schedule (it started out weekly then rapidly degraded from there), the author went from February 2011 to April 2013 without an update because of [[CreatorBreakdown real-life woes]].
* {{Subverted|Trope}} with ''FanFic/YouGotHaruhiRolled''. In its first year there were 81 chapters written (that's one update every four days or so, for the curious) and since only three chapters have been released in its second year one could be forgiven for thinking that a major ScheduleSlip has occurred. But in fact, the creator hasn't stopped writing; he has simply updated all of his short and mid-length chapters in a SpinOff [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6190302 fic]] while reserving ''[=HaruhiRolled=]'' itself for his longest work. Taken together, he still averages one chapter per week.
** Unfortunately, since March of 2012 this has been {{Double Subver|sion}}ted, due to the author's college schedule getting in the way of updates of any sort. There has only been a single update since then.
* This happened to ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality''. Around Christmas 2011, nearly four months after Chapter 77 was published, Chapter 78 was finally done, but to spare the readers the nerve-wracking wait between its cliffhanger and Chapter 79, the author decided to finish Chapter 79 first. When that one was finished three days later he [[FlipFlopOfGod then decided]] to finish the whole arc first because his speed had improved so much.
** But three weeks later, he was already finishing chapter 81 and explaining that he was still making backwards edits to all the unposted chapters. So most of the complainers have stopped complaining and asked him to just post more often on his progress.
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' had a year-long gap between seasons 3 and 4--oddly mirroring a similar break in ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''.
** Season 5 (retroactively named Part 1) was ''very'' slow with uploaded "Nocturnals", sometimes getting a bi-''yearly'' schedule, but {{Creator/garfieldodie}} {{saved|From Development Hell}} it by uploaded the rest of the stories as Part 2, explaining that the delay was because of real-life issues.
* While [[{{Tropers/rcmerod52}} John the Crossover Master]] hasn't actually ''given up'' on any story per se (he's working on ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7861246 Port-Ed 2]]'' with another author), and the stories that he has genuinely given up on have been removed from FanFictionDotNet, he knows full well he's rarely giving out updates to his remaining stories on the site, even comparing his update schedule to LetsPlay/ProtonJon's upload schedule (it helps that the two of them [[NamesTheSame share the same name]]), to the point of SelfDeprecation in the Author's Notes of chapter 6 of ''FanFic/EddwardWrightAceAttorney'' in much the same way {{LetsPlay/Chuggaaconroy}} made fun of [=Proton Jon=]'s upload schedule in the intro to LetsPlay/TheRunawayGuys' LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/MarioParty 2''.
* The {{Naruto}} fanfic ''{{Fanfic/Team8}}'' was not updated for a period of over two and a half years, from when Chapter 21 was posted in January 2011 until Chapter 22 was posted in September 2013.
* In ''Fanfic/OpeningDangerousGates'', around April/May 2014, the author's stored notes and outlines were deleted by a computer failure. She assured that she is not giving up on the story and must simply write them over again, but warned the readers that updates will not happen as frequently as a result.