I got this book because I belong to a writer's group that meets fortnightly. I was hoping it would have exercises for us to try out but was disappointed that it didn't. It has some good hints and tips but I think it would serve the serious writer better by giving different ideas to try and write a story about. For that reason I have only given it 3*s as I think it could have been better. I just think it was okay. But if you want to write to make money instead of just for fun it may well be the just job for you.