I'm almost finished with the first draft of my MG novel. I mean the FIRST DRAFT, not the first edited draft. So this is the perfect time to post this.
I've read a lot about what content is allowed in different age groups, and it all made perfect sense to me, but there is one thing I'm having trouble finding specifics on.
Violence. I know it can't be blood gushing, heads being cut off violent. Obviously. So you know what I've done:
Zak is in a world full of mythical creatures. He is essentially in a war between the good guys and the bad guys, like usual. Well, there is a scene in the book where he is being guarded by someone and they're "hunting" in the forest for a little boy who is their prey (think Most Dangerous Game). Well, Zak is not all about hurting people, so the only thing he can do to escape is to kill the guard who is basically forcing him to go on this hunt. I don't describe the actual death at all. Here is what's going on, then what I say:
Oberon is the bad guy and he has people who follows his orders. The elf in this scene is one of the people who follow his orders. Zak asked why he does what he's told, instead of doing what he knows is right.
He groaned and turned to Zak, staring down at him with black hatred in his eyes. He was at least seven feet tall and he used that to his advantage. Intimidation was quite possibly the only thing this elf had going for him.
“Because Oberon will win, and I chose the winning side. Simple math. Now, we’re done.”
Dangit, Zak thought. I didn’t want to have to do this.
“No…” Zak said softly, raising the spear. “You’re done.”
He thrust the spear forward, unable to keep his eyes open to aim.
He didn’t miss.
Now, keep in mind I haven't edited this yet. Still rough draft. Later in the book, there is an argument between Zak and his friends about whether or not he made the right decision in killing this guy. He had no other choice. Kill or be killed.
It's something I'd prefer, but if I need to change it I can. There's always another option. But this scene helps build more on my story. So if I can keep it, I will. If not... GONE.