Brick masonry is a huge part of many homes and knowing how to properly lay brick and secure it can make a huge difference. Your first step is to make sure that the area you are laying the bricks is as even and level as possible. You want to lay your first line or brick then add mortar.
Between each row of bricks, make sure to stir the mortar to help mix it, aerate it, and help get rid of any dry patches that may have formed.
You then need to spread the mortar evenly over the top of the bricks that you have laid. Smooth the mortar so that the bulk of it is at the front of the wall or other structure that you are building. Then, lay your brick down on the mortar and gently tap it into place. Remove the excess mortar that is going to be pushed to the front when the brick is tapped into place. You then need to scrape away the excess and then move to the next brick. The key to great bricklaying is consistency and making sure that you are removing any excess mortar that might be present to ensure a smooth join.