Adele Ramet is best known for her ideas and advice on short story writing, her expertise probably most firmly focused on short story writing for women's magazines in the UK. It's easy to disparage this market - but it takes real skill to break into it, and there are very real lessons to be learned by any short story writer from the economy of structure and plot necessary to be published in this market.
This is a basic entry guide to creative writing - if you're already a confident, experienced, published writer, maybe you should know all this stuff already. But then you wouldn't be reading this book, would you.
If you're new to writing, if you're trying to find your way and your confidence, Ramet offers straight forward advice. If you want to write, you need to find the time, the place, the space, and the confidence to do so. Writers write - so get into the routine, learn the discipline, build your confidence, learn and relearn the skills.
Keep an open mind - read extensively - learn to spot ideas, to get ideas, to develop ideas. Read, read, read. Learn.
Straight forward advice - clear, concise, well delivered. Ramet is an excellent teacher, and this is a book which shouldn't be undervalued. If you're new to writing, get the basics right, learn good habits from the start. This is a good starter.