Actually, you dont really need to follow the basics, if you're new to magic, you'll need patience, practise, will, belief into magic, and confidence.
Some spells work for me, but I mostly work on meditation, not so much on the others, but trying too complete a spell doesnt work the first time. Think of it as a test, first you must practice, then when you feel like its working you're getting it right. After doing so for a few days or more, you'll eventually complete it. If its too hard, simply suggest another spell that you'd feel comfortable doing, but isnt too easy.