Figuring out what scenes to have in the story depends mostly on two things:
Knowing what you want to say
Knowing how to say it
Creativity is of course also important, but there needs to be a mix of creativity and craftsmanship. In fact, I think it's about 10% creativity and 90% craft, or something like that.
What you want to say
What you want to say will ...
Could it be that you have hidden the answer in your question?
I oftentimes just stare at my screen [...]
Maybe you are not finding it because you are looking outwards, while forgetting to look also inwards, into yourself.
To clarify, I mean moments when one may have their eyes open, yet not observing anything particular, because one is so lost in the ...
This is the same challenge I am currently trying to work through, and this is what I've worked out so far.
To minimize frustration and screaming at yourself how inept you are, work from low resolution to a higher resolution
Start with a one sentence summary of your story. These are called loglines and are used to pitch stories to agents, publishers, and for ...
Here's a cool exercise for you to try:
When you finish your day, right before bed, take a pencil and a notebook (or your phone or computer if that's easier) and outline your day.
You don't need to invent anything. Just outline the day that just passed and break it down into "scenes".
How did you move from one scene to another? Maybe one scene ...
Personally I would write it almost as if you are writing a subtitle file for a video, combined with a stage production technical script.
[Timestamp] - Lyrics - Notes
This way it is clear what you want going on, what lyrics are being sung/spoken at this point, and how far in to the scene this particular action/movement/whatever is taking place
I don't see (pardon pun) why this would be a problem at all, except you can't mention visible physical cues. Most of an argument from the point of view of someone outside the room is non-visible, so imagine relaying a story from the point of view of a child outside the room.
In each quote in a conversation, you should either have a ...