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Let it wander or rein it in?

My last story wandered onto an entirely different track than I had intended for it when I first sat down to write. It went that way when I realised that my MC was a bit of a jerk and I found myself writing him as contributing to his unfortunate circumstances. My query is, should I have let the story tell itself or should I have tried to pull it back and force it in the direction I originally intended?

In fairness, I found I had managed to surprise myself with something a little different in doing it this way, but could I have done better if I stuck with the original idea?

I will probably never know because now, Jim is out there and I cannot unmake him.