I just got crits back from four fabulous, wonderful people (who I will probably do anything for now, so be warned that I could be humiliated somewhere on the net at some point...should be fun). Today I thought it would be appropriate to talk about how I use crits in my editing process.
Once I have all my crits in, the first thing I do is go through and fix all the typos people caught. It's easy, and I want them out of way before I forget them. Besides, these changes don't mess with the story at all.
After that, I read through the more substantial crits. I make note of the ones I agree with, the ones that create that nagging pit in stomach, and those that I'm throwing out (which is usually few). And by "make note," I mean in my head for the most part, though sometimes I write them down if it's a really huge list (like after my first beta round).
Then I think about the "nagging pit" edits. These are usually comments that I don't quite agree with, but I have to figure out why the reader said that. I often try to satisfy the reader on these issues, but not in the way they suggest.
Once I take in all the comments, absorb the general idea, I put them all away and get to work. I do not open them again as I edit, which is probably not how everyone does it but I prefer it. If I look at comments while I edit, I start to worry more about pleasing others than editing for myself. Then I panic and start thinking it'll suck and no one will like it no matter what I do and I'm doomed. DOOMED.
Not the best mentality.
So I edit for myself, solving the problems raised in my own way. When I'm finished, I take a look at the crits again to make sure I've covered the major issues. If I missed something I realize is important, I go back in and tweak.
That's pretty much it. How do you guys tackle feedback?