I have always wanted to write a book, where do I start?
I certainly believe that everyone has something to say. Our experiences in life can be some of the most powerful of teachers. I cannot stress enough how every event we have in life lends to the experiences that we are responsible to share with others. Our message can be passed on and can help others make changes in their own lives and take necessary action. Consider this the light in the tunnel. Your insights have value. Nothing is more disturbing to me then to see someone with such value hide due to lack of confidence. The time is now. Whether you share your knowledge with a friend, whether you share it with a group, understand that the information that you provide to others will obtain a life of its own. Your work, your message, if documented will surpass you. So if you want to write a book, stop censoring yourself, or living in self-doubt and start writing.
First write for yourself. Take the time to start a project with the intention that the book is for you. Gather your information that you have written down if you have any documentation and take it step by step. Work chapter by chapter if it feels right to you. You can go back and make changes and edits later. The worst thing a writer can do while they are writing is to edit themselves as they write. What then happens is instead of focusing on the overall "whole" of the message, they are focusing on the increments. Increments can become an obstacle and overly consume an author to the point of writer's block.
Your main goal is to work through the voice telling you that you "can't" write. Don't worry about who is going to like your book or buy it. Just focus on writing the book for you. Just focus on actually completing the project. This is why I suggest writing your book one chapter at a time. It gives you gratification when you complete a chapter. There is a sense of instant relief when you have the bulk of a thought down and it gives you the sense of accomplishment that you can use as motivation to write another chapter.