If you want total manual control, the FM10 is a great choice. Select shutter speed and aperture. Use manual film advance and rewind manually. The Center-weighted light meter guides you towards a great exposure, but you have options to do it on your own. You focus manually and preview depth-of-field to see the image quality and sharpness. It's 100% your choice - a great way to learn and build confidence.
It's a great first 35mm camera for the enthusiast who wants to begin with basics without cutting corners. For the Nikon enthusiast, the FM10 is a great additional camera - light, compact and it accepts AF Nikkor and AI-S Nikkor lenses for manual focusing operation; it fits perfectly into any photographer's Nikon system. And, there's nothing like SLR viewing and interchangeable Nikkor lenses to stimulate creativity.