1. The first step is getting some fuel. This is the thing which burns in the fire. You can use just about anything. Start with paper. Get a sheet or two of regular paper. It can be lined or unlined, any size. 2. Now, you've got your paper. You need something to light it with. There are a couple products available for this. Most stores will be able to sell you matches or lighters. Get a good supply of one of these items. 3. a) Matches are easy to use. Remove one of the small sticks inside the package. Strike the end of it with the red or white coating on the red strip on the package. The match will flare up when you do that. b) Lighters are even easier to use than matches. Place your thumb on the rough metal wheel and quickly pull it down onto the small button. A flame will be produced. Some lighters have special safety features. These features will be explained on the side of the lighter. 4. The final step: transferring the flame from the lighting device to the fuel. Hold the paper in one hand or set it down on a flat surface. Activate your lighting device, touch the flame to the paper, wait. The paper will begin to burn. If the paper is still in your hand, put it down. 5. Do not touch the fire. It will damage your skin and cause you pain.