Literary theorists, psychologists, visual artists, writers, poets, filmmakers, composers, and many others have grappled with the complexities of understanding the genesis of creative imagination. This study opens up a new dialogue for exploring the process of imagining and the creation of 'image-work'. By exploring the psychological, physiological, and aesthetic aspects of the 'process' of imagining, a direct and revealing link is made between 'image-work' and 'dream-work'. This link centers on re-evaluating and rethinking Freud's 'secondary revision'. While this innovative theory is applied to modern literary texts it becomes obvious that this study addresses a much larger question about the genesis of creative imagination - a question that now has other dimensions as technological possibilities shed a new light on the creation of images.