Why create one? _ "Re_inventing the wheel", is no fun. If you work for a single organisation it's likely that your templates could last a long, long time with no need to go back to the design board every time you are asked to create a new manual or user guide. When you work for yourself it's a great way to show clients that you have the skills they are looking for without breaking any confidentiality clauses with your existing clients, and with just a little bit of luck they'll adopt your method of working so you can continue to recycle your past efforts too.
When you're done, you can click on the 'Close' tab on the floating bar. The items in the header and footer will appear greyed out, but don't worry; this only means the they have been set. The cursor will then appear on the first line where you can begin typing your letter.