For me, this usually involves a bit of suspense or romance. Gotta love a handsome hero, or a heroine being wooed by that handsome hero. But generally, a scene is made up of a few more basics. A list of elements you want to aim for to make your scene complete and useful to your story as a whole.
Just like your overall plot, scenes need to have a beginning, middle, and end. Here are some elements to incorporate into a scene.
Here's our chance to draw the reader into the story or scene with one simple line or paragraph.
This doesn't have to be extensive, but it's essential to each scene to develop a sense of time and place.
New Revelation, Character and Plot
This is done through revealing new aspects about a character or useful information that helps reveal the plot. As a rule, I try to include one of these (at least one revelation about a character or the plot) in each scene or chapter otherwise I have to evaluate whether or not the scene is necessary to the story as a whole.
It's our goal as the writer to make our plots fluid and keep up a good sense of pace. Like above, we can do this by revealing information to the reader and make sure that each scene we use is to keep the plot moving for the reader.
As with the beginning hook, the ending hook is our chance to make the reader want to turn the page and keep reading the next scene or chapter.
Sure, a magical scene has more depth than those basics above. There's dialogue and a good story and that something special that makes you fall in love with the character, but you can't create a full and useful scene without attending to the basic elements.
When you break your story down into scenes, are there specific elements you try to include to make sure that specific scene is useful to your story?