I think character introduction is one of the things I struggle with the most. Like minor characters - the ones that pop up once or twice to move the story along and never be seen again. The character usually grinds me to a half. The character only moves the plot along so finer details about the character isn't important. Still, sometimes I pause, wondering if skimmer over details hurts the picture I'm trying to paint with words.
Then there's the name. I can never figure out names. Usually I end up googling girl names or boy names or even draw off people I know to name a character. Sometimes I stare at the computer screen, fingers poised as I try to figure out this minor character that may never appear again.
I struggle with main characters too. Especially in first person. You can't really describe the character because it comes off sounding vain. But you want people to know what the MC looks like! So you sneak the details in. I ran my fingers through my honey blond hair. Or how about: My green eyes reflected back to me through the glass asking, What are you doing? I couldn't answer them.
Minor or major characters, details are important. You want to paint a picture in the reader's mind. You want the characters to feel as real to the reader as they are to you.
So how do you paint? What tricks and tips do you employ to describe your characters? How do you bring them to life?