I am working on a year long photo a day project, and after about 8 months I'm beginning to lose motivation. How do you stay motivated and gain new inspiration to continue in long projects?
Good question. Didn't we all at some point feel like all the money spent on the gear is going to waste as it's lying there catching rust. Some of my thoughts:
Let me take a contrarian view...
If you've lost motivation, perhaps your telling yourself something. Why did you start the project? What were the goals? Perhaps you've accomplished them and so the project is done but you haven't admitted it to yourself. Perhaps the project is serving no useful purpose and it's time to start some new project or set some new goal?
I admit I'm not a fan of the "photo a day" projects because it seems too often the goal is "to take a photo a day" and not a goal that actually leads anywhere -- and so at some point, it stops being fun and starts being a grind. My suggestion: if it's not fun and it isn't pushing your photography forward in some way, go ahead and stop. it's okay.
Think about WHY you're doing it. Think about WHY you started doing it. What will you accomplish by continuing it? If you don't have good answers to those questions, then maybe you shouldn't keep on doing it. Figure out what your next goal is, and then start a new project to help push you to accomplishing that goal.
Just because you started a project isn't a reason why you have to keep at it if your interests or goals have changed along the way. And if the goal is make yourself a better photographer, but the project isn't pushing you forward any more, then it'd be a waste of time to keep at it just because you started it.