If you insist on doing a simpe (aka backwards loop, script letter e) cast on, add a twist to it. this helps. or check out my blog.
i didn a tutorial on cast ons, starting here
at the end of each page is a link to next part (4 in all, +1 on binding off!)
i provide many links to sites, videos, and books that have detailed directions for the 34 cast on's i know (actually more, since i realize i forgot i cord cast on.. and others too)
with that list of resources, you're bound to find a cast on (besides simple) that you like. (Me? i recommend long tail (lots of version of long tail) with all the cast ons i know, it's the one I use most!)