literary appeal of solitude

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Why do writers so often love to run? Running affords the freedom of distance, coupled with the literary appeal of solitude. There’s a meditative cadence to the union of measured breaths and metered strides. Writers and runners both operate on linear planes, and the running writer soon realizes the relationship between art and sport is a mutually beneficial one.

(This comes from Why Writers Run by Nick Ripatrazone on Nov 11, 2015.)

Does 'literal' here mean 'true to fact; not exaggerated; actual or factual'? That is, the appeal of solitude is actual and not exaggerated?

Thanks in advance!
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