Big events in your stories need to happen. You need to have the bad guy and the good guy fight it out on a river a lava while volcanos are exploding around you. Your story needs that (or, you know, something not as dramatic) to happen. In order to get to those moments you need to remember to do the small scenes first. I think it's the small scenes that trips up most writers because, let's face it, it's much more fun to write the lava lake showdown than it is to write an uneventful dinner between characters.
But, that dinner needs to happen too. Two characters need to talk about nothing. A character needs to stare out into space just to think about the events that have unfolded. I has to happen and, until you master of those scenes, the stories you write won't be fun to read at all.