I have to say one thing about scene creation I’ve seen over and over as I search for lessons on craft. If you want to write a novel you have to make trouble for your main character.
You know, put him up a tree and throw rocks at him. Two dogs and one bone. You get the general picture.
It’s what novelists DO.
I found a Jewel by a master that explains the concept in a way that lets you get your head around it. I just can’t say enough to recommend this to anyone wishing to understand an essential aspect of story-craft.
One more time. I say again. Essential Aspect.
But you know what? With a little practice it can become a part of what you do naturally.
Conflict and Suspense by James Scott Bell
Seriously, check it out. Keep on writing.