Played with 2 players.
I was playing the hunted. It turns out that If I keep on losing a will instead of playing, I avoid the creature and thus my marker still moves by 1 at the end of the turn.
Am I playing this wrong? I'm considering doing a house rule then if true to not advance the token unless a hunted played at least 1 card.
It sounds like you are playing it wrong.
Playing a place card is mandatory for the hunted (this is highlighted in bright red letters under "phase 1" in the rulebook). There is no rule that allows you to skip the phase card to "rest".
Note that if you sacrifice a will to take back two place cards, you STILL have to play a place card on the same turn.