If you're using a 1/8" electrode, that's way too low of an amperage. If you are using an inverter machine, turn the hot start on or up. Like wise, turn your arc control up. You should be running somewhere between 75 and 130 amps, depending on what you are trying to do.
It takes a bit of skill to maintain an arc...at least at the beginning.
Learning to weld and weld proficiently is a very humbling experience. I laugh when I hear "Anyone can weld". Just hang in there and practice, practice, practice.