To help with this dilemma, I have tried to list some distinguishing features of both the inner editor and the inner critic. Sometimes just realising that they are not the same voice is a good start.
Be patient with yourself. It can take a while to tease these two voices apart.
Here are a few of the differences:
The inner editor values your creative work. The editor wants to support and help your work.
The inner critic is not here for you. He doesn't really care about you or your work. The inner critic has his own agenda and it usually has to do with how he appears. The inner critic is not your friend.
The inner editor needs time to grow, learn, and mature. She often doesn't know a lot when you are just beginning your creative journey, but she is willing to learn.
The inner critic thinks he already knows everything and is eager to tell you where you are going wrong.
He is not to be trusted in your creative work space.