I was wondering, now that I am in the process of editing my novel, when I let people read it: friends/family, and they comment on things, How should I respond to their criticism/opinions? Should I try and explain how I meant/thought/why that is or just listen to them without saying nothing or reacting n any way? I don't think I'm extremely sensitive to bad critiques, if they are constructive, but when people start questioning the characters way of acting or the plot I don't know what I should say. is this a legittimate form of critique or should I just ask them to limit it to the things I'm interested in such as character development, language, tone, writing techniques etc etc etc. I don't know if this is just me but those who have read my stories so far seem to have more to say about the character reactions and the overall story-theme than about the quality of the actual writing. Is that a good or a bad thing? or is it just them not wanting to or now feeling capable of giving constructive critique?