Originally Posted by QuantumIguana
If the muse leads you in a different direction, just follow along. Your subconscious can sometimes lead you to better stories than you had originally intended.
Or not ... as the case may be. Not all the threads you follow will be successful (or not publishable). But I do agree with the sentiment anyway. Sometimes you just have to follow a path to find out where it leads. Even if you have to back track and try again, as long as you remembered to enjoy the scenery along the way they were still paths worth taking.