Curious as to other writers' perspectives, I posted a question to several groups on Facebook and LinkedIn, such as LinkedIn Sci Fi Group and LinkedIn Writers Guild Group, to get their opinions on language and, "clean" writing in general. I was pleasantly surprised that, across the board, it seems there is support for "clean" writing, which actually encompasses more than just language. I was encouraged to see this. Several comments, however, indicated that it was old-fashioned, out-dated and unrealistic.
Ultimately, though, my goal is to write "clean", no matter the contemporary trend, expectations of others or what seems popular. I think that as a writer one does not have to write to the level of the current marketplace and whether or not one has the responsibility, one at least has the option, of showing a better way.
What do you think? Can one write "clean" novels and be successful? And, if not, is it worth the compromise to attain success?