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# There is nothing more (i)_____ for first time writers to see

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There is nothing more (i)_____ for first time writers to see [#permalink]  04 Sep 2020, 00:33
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There is nothing more (i)_____ for first time writers to see that their cherished ideas are actually far less (ii)_____ than they had imagined. Often a publisher, or even a friend, will point out that another writer already captured the same plot twist, or created an almost identical fictional world. This feeling stings even greater when the publication of the neophyte writer`s work (iii)_____ that of the more popular author; apparently the public often erroneously believes that the lesser known writer`s work is derivative.

Blank (i) Blank (ii) Blank (iii)
galling novel belittles
bracing rigorous precedes
alluring precedented elaborates upon

Require an explanation for the TC and also what is the meaning of "nothing more" in the sentence? Because when it is said that "it is nothing more beautiful" that it means that its not beautiful so then how galling is the best choice here?
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Re: Text Completion [#permalink]  04 Sep 2020, 01:36
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Re: There is nothing more (i)_____ for first time writers to see [#permalink]  04 Sep 2020, 01:58
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The question is not so difficult

Basically it says that a neophyte (novice) the author writes a novel and he thinks is groundbreaking but indeed it is not when the fact is pointed out for instance by a friend. Then the novice author feels that he is humiliated by this opinion and the pain is, even more, when the author (always the novice) gives it to publish and this publication PRECEDES the same novel or in a similar fashion that of a most famous author

galling=humiliating
novel
precedes

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Re: There is nothing more (i)_____ for first time writers to see [#permalink]  26 Oct 2020, 07:21
This is quite easy if you go by context instead of looking for the words in the options. Sometimes this is the best way to answer these questions. Upon reading the context, the context is obvious, its that of a new writer contending with the fact that his/her work is not as original as they thought it to be. So that gives us our first two blanks easily, the first blank is a synonym of frustrating/annoying. Only 'galling' works here. The second blank is obvious from context, it is some variation of the word 'original', only 'novel' works here.

The last blank is a bit trickier, it says that this situation is worsened when the less popular author's work is (wrongly) assumed to be a derivative because of some reason. Now if it is wrongly assumed to be derivative then it can only mean that the less popular author's work came first, i.e. it 'precedes' the more popular work. So that is what we choose. Our options are, A,D,H.
Re: There is nothing more (i)_____ for first time writers to see   [#permalink] 26 Oct 2020, 07:21
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