It is nice to hear the accounts of a working author first hand. Ernest Hemingway throws you right into his shoes in A Moveable Feast and tells it how it is being a writer abroad. Hemingway's knowledge was a bit comforting in this story, shedding light on his tactics of writer's block, adapting to your setting, and benefitting from the other readers and writers that surround you.
Hemingway tells about the difficulties of creating relationships while abroad, and how vital they are to your growth as a person and a writer. Taking your job out to in the world isn's easy, especially when money is stretched thin and Hemingway notes on those problems while he drinks and writes in various cafes around the city of Paris. Hemingway searches the corners of Paris's for inspiration and humbly explains his writer's exercises and pro-tips.
What I find to be so great about this novel is the sincerity of Ernest Hemingway's lifestyle. His very normal struggles and inner monologue, the way he drinks, eats and talks with all of his friends and colleagues. It is inspiring, really. His accounts give me hope that the lifestyle of the writer is the same as the lifestyle of a reader, constantly learning in the background while cynically monologuing his experiences—This book gave me hope.