My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.
I've been reading reviews of my stories for twenty-five years, and can't remember a single useful point in any of them, or the slightest good advice. The only reviewer who ever made an impression on me was Skabichevsky, who prophesied that I would die drunk in the bottom of a ditch.
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.