This is how a scene is organized.
You need two people with opposite goals. However, they want the same thing.
One character tries to keep the other character from reaching his goal.
In “Star-Crossed”, the friends Roman and Drake both want to liberate the Atrians, but Roman’s goal is to protect the Atrians while Drake’s goal is to fight the humans. Roman chooses peace while Drake chooses war. Two goals, one want. Big CONFLICT.
- The POV clearly declares or show what he wants.
The goal must be vital for the character’s happiness and the story’s goal.
- The other replies, “Oh, no you don’t!”
- Follows the fight or conflict.
- Characters try diverse schemes and arguments to win the fight throughout a number of pages (typically 2 to 6 pages).
- The fight can be verbal or an action.
- Finally, the scene’s question is answered (Will X win or will this happen or not?) The POV has to lose the fight or the fight needs to end in a disaster to increase the reader’s worry and keep the tension high.
The scene not only ends dramatically with bad consequences, but it also adds a new twist or new goal to turn the story another way.
The answer cannot be a simple yes or no.
Finally the scene is followed by a sequel or a moment where the POV reacts emotionally, thinks about what happened (what should I do next?) and plans his next move.
(from 1 to many pages long, depending on the stakes and can jump through days and summarize those days)