#1 Get out of the Wind
The first thing you will need to do is to find a sheltered spot for your fire making activities. This can be the lee side of a tree, large rock, bushes or you can use your body to block the wind if it isn’t too strong. You may have to go so far as to build a shelter and work on your fire inside of it.
#2 Have Enough Dry Small Stuff and Tinder
This is something I have struggled with all my life. I start gathering small materials for the fire and pretty soon I will say to myself, “This is plenty” and will start trying to get a fire going. I am wrong 90% of the time and end up wasting time and matches burning up my small stuff before the rest gets going. I have learned to get at least three times as much small stuff as I think I need and that is minimum, you can always store any extra and keep it dry for the next time.
I need to emphasize getting dry materials if possible. It is no fun (or impossible) trying to get damp tinder to take especially when using primitive fire making methods like friction or sparking.
In the wet woods you can break off an attached dead stick (sticks on the ground are much wetter) and use you knife to whittle down to dry wood. When you reach dry wood you can hold your knife blade at a right angle to the stick and scrape off very fine material you might be able to use for tinder.
So you are out of the wind you have an enormous pile of small sticks and tinder, how do you go about lighting it? The one word I use is cheat. Many purists will only start a spark or friction fire, but if you are in a survival situation break out the lighter, matches or my favorite road flare. That’s right, a road flare is a great foul weather fire starter and I usually have one around somewhere.
Nature doesn’t grade on a curve and in many situations I would rather have a fire than shelter. So practice, and then go out in really bad weather and practice some more.