New Published Microfiction: Wayward Willie

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Wayward Willie was warned—woods were worrisome.


Wayward Willie walks woodward, whistling.



Werewolf wanders, weary.

Werewolf whiffs, wonders. “Whistling wimp, walking woodward? Wonderful!”


Werewolf whiffs.

Werewolf waits.

Werewolf wallops wayward Willie. Willie whimpers.


Werewolf Willie wakes.

Werewolf Willie whiffs.



Werewolf wanders, weary.

Werewolf Willie wanders, whistling, wayward.


Originally appeared in 50-Word Stories on October 6, 2017. 

This story was great fun to write, but also required a fair bit of work, more than you’d guess from its fifty-word length, because it pushes alliteration to the extreme — every single one of the fifty words starts with the same letter. However, I didn’t want it to just be a gimmick — I wanted it to work well as a story and I think it does. “Wayward Willie” has a protagonist whom we meet at the outset and to whom something happens (“the conflict”); the conflict gets resolved by the end of the story and results in a change in the protagonist’s character.

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