The middle is crucial, I realized. Here is where I need buildup and backing back down, here is where character is revealed. I know pretty much what happens when character #3 appears. It's #1 and #2 that have to get their act together and do their stuff, plot-wise.
I mean, really. So much of this was written out of order. I have this scene that came to me later that simply must go earlier because later something else happens. And I wrote that earlier in the draft.
So by making it a smaller draft to shift around, I'm hoping this makes it more manageable. If I can't do this with a short story, how will I ever manage a novel?