Anna Codrea-Rado
An award-winning newsletter that takes you behind the scenes of my creative career
Created 01 Feb 2019
  • What happened when I just did the thing
    01 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 14 0
    Illustration: Léo Hamelin A much-loved business catchphrase is “work on, rather than in, your business”. The idea is that if we don’t make time to look at the bigger picture, we’ll find ourselves endl...
  • Why can't I see my own success?
    17 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 14 2
    Illustration: Léo Hamelin A few years ago, I wrote a front-page story for the New York Times. I spent a lot of time coming up with reasons to minimise the achievement. It was a shared byline; the stor...
  • The definitive guide to newsletters
    03 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 10 6
    Illustration: Léo Hamelin We’re living in a newsletter gold rush. Facebook and Twitter have entered the newsletter arms race. The NYT is offering subscribers a suite of exclusive emails. Salman Rushdi...
  • The productivity hack no one wants to talk about
    20 Aug 2021 • 1 min read • 10 3
    Illustation: Léo Hamelin People like to ask me for advice about getting stuff done – and I love to oblige. If the Pomodoro Technique did brand partnerships, I’d be its biggest shill. Subscribe now Now...
  • How I write consistently
    06 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 24 3
    Illustration: Léo Hamelin Despite it often not feeling like it, I’m a professional writer. Between this newsletter, my book, articles and podcast scripts, my job is to get words on a page. I’ve been w...
  • Freelancing rules I've changed my mind about
    23 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 18 2
    Illustration: Léo Hamelin On a Friday afternoon four years ago, roughly about this time, my freelancing journey began. In one 72-hour period, I lost my job and I made the decision to start working for...
  • Your purpose as a writer comes from who you are
    09 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 15 2
    Illustration: Léo Hamelin Over the past decade, I’ve built a writing career on the move. I became a digital nomad in 2013, and I’ve lived in more than 40 countries since then. First, I was a travel wr...
  • Battery low
    18 Jun 2021 • < 1 min read • 33 4
    Illustration: Léo Hamelin I have a newsletter writing ritual. And when I sat down today to perform it, everything unravelled. I pulled my bulky noise-cancelling headphones over my ears and flipped the...
  • It takes a (freelance) village
    11 Jun 2021 • 1 min read • 19 1
    Illustration: Léo Hamelin I used to think that I hated working with other people. I disliked offices, networking events and – to be honest – working on something as a team. So, when I started working ...
  • Leave people better than you found them
    04 Jun 2021 • < 1 min read • 12 1
    Illustration by Léo Hamelin In Special, Ryan O’Connell’s semi-autographical Netflix show, his boyfriend Tanner shares his life motto: leave people better than you found them. I try to apply that philo...
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