Hi Josey, glad to hear you're enjoying the series. In his book, On Writing, Stephen King shares that when he finishes his first draft he locks it away in a drawer for six months. Puts it out of his mind completely and moves onto something else. Then when he comes back to it he has a completely fresh perspective. If you have the time to do this it's a great way to get that distance. Of course this is little defence against that inner critic. To shut that guy up I think requires detachment and a determined level headed focus to succeed. You have to take emotions out of the mix and just fix whatever problems you perceive with the draft and keep fixing them until your happy. If you try that and it still isn't working, put it back in the drawer, and write something else. Rinse and repeat.