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Dear Ms. McCutcheon:

Could you recommend a software program or some sort of system to guide me through writing my manuscript?  Any advice you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Dear Cherie,

The only program most writers use is Microsoft Word. It is particularly good for novels and short stories because of the formatting options. However if your manuscript is for film, the best program is called "First Draft".

The main reason for using MS Word is that this type of document is what any publisher or agent will ask you to submit. If you use any other you would then need to type the entire manuscript out again into Word before sending it off.

All the best with your writting!



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Sandy McCutcheon


Author of 22 plays, 12 bestselling thrillers, a memoir and children's fiction.I can work with people on the process of writing, what to expect and ask for from an editor. How to work with the publisher`s marketing and publicity people. And how to survive book launches and publicity tours!


Published author of 22 plays, 12 bestselling thrillers, a young adult and three non-fiction titles. Visit his Moroccan blog at for a look at his blogging work.

St Andrews, Helsinki University and other institutions. Adult Educator of the Year Award, Australia

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