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1 The Elements of Style
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2 On Writing: A Memoir of the...
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3 Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The ...
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4 How to Format Your Book: fo...
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5 The Writer's Portable Mento...
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6 MFA in a Box
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7 Techniques of the Selling W...
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8 Writing Fiction for Dummies
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9 Compact Oxford English Dict...
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10 Bird by Bird: Some Instruct...
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10 Self-Editing for Fiction Wr...
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12 45 Master Characters
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13 The Emotion Thesaurus: A Wr...
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14 Characters & Viewpoint
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15 A Dictionary of Costume and...
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16 Writing Advice for Teens: C...
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17 Writing the Breakout Novel
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18 The Writer's Journey: Mythi...
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19 On Writing: A Memoir of the...
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20 The Christian Writer's Coac...
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20 52 Dates for Writers - Ride...
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22 The New Well Tempered Sente...
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23 The Language Construction Kit
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24 Write Your Genius, Genius! ...
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24 The Writer's Guide to Chara...
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24 No Plot? No Problem!: A Low...
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27 Fundamentals  of Creative W...
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28 Vector Theory and the Plot ...
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28 Random House Word Menu: New...
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30 How to Write a Book or Nove...
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30 The 38 Most Common Fiction ...
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32 Plot & Structure: Technique...
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32 Style That Sizzles & Pacing...
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34 Ultimate Visual Dictionary
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34 The Elements of Style
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36 Descriptionary: A Thematic ...
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37 Book in a Month: The Fool-P...
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37 The Deluxe Transitive Vampi...
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37 Pub Speak: A Writer's Dicti...
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37 Show & Tell in a Nutshell: ...
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37 Characters, Emotion & Viewp...
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37 How to Write a Memoir - pro...
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37 Historical Research Compani...
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37 Secrets to Writing Well - V...
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37 Put Them Through the Maze: ...
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37 Write! Stop Waiting, Start ...
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37 The Writer's Spellbook
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37 A Complete "How To" Guide f...
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37 Dialogue for Writers
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37 Editor-Proof Your Writing: ...
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37 This Is Not a Writing Manua...
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37 You Can Write Characters wi...
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37 Out of Sight, Out of Mind: ...
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37 Screenwriting for Teens: Th...
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55 Merriam-Webster's Collegiat...
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55 Solutions For Novelists: Se...
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55 The Writer's Guide to Corpo...
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55 Books, Crooks and Counselor...
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55 How Not to Write a Novel: 2...
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60 Trial and Error: A Key to t...
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60 Rogets 21st Century Thesaurus
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60 How Novels Work
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60 The Writer's Guide to Psych...
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64 Reverse Dictionary
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64 Writing Down the Bones: Fre...
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64 Writing a Killer Thriller: ...
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67 How to Write and Sell a Novel
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67 Word Parts Dictionary: Stan...
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67 Elements of the Novel, A Pr...
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67 250 Things You Should Know ...
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67 Outlining Your Novel: Map Y...
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72 Torn Wings and Faux Pas: A ...
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72 The Complete Handbook Of No...
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72 Story Engineering: Characte...
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72 Manuscript Makeover: Revisi...
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76 The Poet's Handbook
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76 The Marshall Plan for Novel...
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76 Illustrated Dictionary of A...
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76 Stein On Writing: A Master ...
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76 Thanks, But This Isn't for ...
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81 Art of Poetry Writing
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81 Revision & Self-Editing: Te...
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83 Flip Dictionary
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83 The Moral Premise: Harnessi...
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85 Home Ground: Language for a...
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86 Illustrated Dictionary of H...
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87 Barnhart Concise Dictionary...
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88 Living Wild: Gardening, Coo...
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Hákon Gunnarsson Why is The Elements of Style by William Strunk both in place 1 and 32?
And On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King both in place 2 and 31?


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